How We “Get the Shell Out” of Our Wild Salmon Rivers
Care2 members are amazing. You helped ForestEthics generate over 57,500 postcards online to make sure Shell understands that we want to protect our wild salmon rivers and “Get the Shell Out” of the Sacred Headwaters for good. And now Sacred Headwaters campaigner Karen Tam Wu is putting those messages to work.
She created a massive banner for Shell — covered with your names and messages — that stretches as high as a five-story building.
The banner will tour British Columbia and culminate in a delivery right to Shell’s headquarters. They’ll be hearing about us all summer, and they’re going to understand that we want them out of the Sacred Headwaters for good!
Some of the poignant personal comments on the banner include:
“We all live downstream” – Ann, Indiana
“The whole world is watching” – Emard, British Columbia
“My heart sinks thinking about you destroying the goodness of our earth in our Sacred Headwaters. Won’t let you get away with it!” - Howard, Nevada
“We need salmon more than we need you” - Laura, Washington
Your messages were unveiled at the Kispiox Music Festival first, where communities that would be directly affected by Shell’s proposed development gather every summer. They were moved and inspired that so many from around the world are standing up with them against Shell’s destructive actions.
Shell’s already got three wells in the Sacred Headwaters to begin to ‘frack’ for natural gas, and they plan to put in thousands more. Fracking has contaminated water so badly in some regions in Canada and the US that drinking water can be lit on fire. In addition, the drilling project will smother salmon, endangering caribou, grizzlies and moose, and contaminate the entire freshwater supply in the region. Thank you for all you’ve done to help us stop them.
Hilary Stamper is the Online Communications Manager for ForestEthics and a contributing blogger to Care2.