A little while ago, over 50,000 Care2 members created postcards online to deliver to Royal Dutch Shell. The reason? They want Shell to get out of British Columbia’s Sacred Headwaters, birthplace of three of Canada’s most critical salmon-bearing rivers, and home to grizzly bears, caribou, moose and other wildlife.
Let me tell you, it’s not easy to get a personal meeting with Big Oil execs, but this amazing show of Care2 and ForestEthics activist support made it happen. Last week, ForestEthics campaigner Karen Tam Wu met with Shell Canada president, Lorraine Mitchelmore, to present her with more than 60,000 of your names — printed on two giant postcards and a five-story-high banner. It was clear how many of you want Shell out of the Sacred Headwaters.
Karen reported that although it was a respectful conversation, our fight isn’t over yet.
She was worried when Ms. Mitchelmore said, “We believe we can develop [coalbed methane] sustainably.” Because so far, we’ve mostly been hearing about drinking water lighting on fire when energy companies are fracking things up near the homes of people who live near gas development — exactly what Shell has planned for the Sacred Headwaters.
Karen told me she spoke to Lorraine Mitchelmore about the problem of Shell drilling in an area so critical to our wild salmon, bears and caribou and so sacred to nearby communities. Karen explained that because Shell won’t leave this pristine wilderness alone, ForestEthics will be taking the message up the ladder to Lorraine Mitchelmore’s boss, Royal Dutch Shell CEO, Peter Voser, and Shell Canada’s landlord, British Columbia’s government.
The moratorium on drilling in the Sacred Headwaters expires in only one year. You can tell Ms. Mitchelmore you appreciate that she met with Karen to receive your message, but that all of us will take this fight up the chain of command.
From Karen: Thank you! We couldn’t make this incredible progress without you. Check out a couple pictures of our tour around British Columbia with your signatures: