The Exxon Valdez oil spill has apparently not left much of a legacy other than the pollution that remains in the area, even as we mark 22 years since the accident, but there's a 10-year-old girl from the Sliammon First Nation in British Columbia who does know better and who understands the risks that continued development of the oil industry poses for the environment of Canada. The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council estimates that 21,000 gallons of crude oil from the spill remain in the subsurface, and that at the current rate, "the remaining oil will take decades and possibly centuries to disappear entirely."
In her speech, Ta'Kaiya Blaney calls on Canadian MPs to support a ban on oil tankers from B.C.'s north coast. The video, filmed at the Vancouver Greenpeace office, also features Ta'Kaiya singing a song, "Shallow Waters," that she wrote with her music teacher.
She wrote her song after learning of Enbridge's proposal to build twin 1,170 km pipelines to bring dirty oil from the Alberta tar sands to B.C.'s north coast. The pipeline is widely opposed, largely because it would bring hundreds oil supertankers a year to the Great Bear Rainforest, a beautiful and ecologically-significant region along a dangerous route for tankers.
Check out the video below to hear this most articulate 10-year-old make a point that grown politicians don't yet seem to understand. "The message of the song is, if we pollute and pollute and pollute, the ecosystems -- biomes filled with land and sea life -- will die. The beauty of the earth will be taken away when oil spills and everything will be destroyed," she says.
Greenpeace said that the video was emailed to all federal MPs with the following plea: "I ask government and corporate officials such as yourselves: change your plans and stop the Enbridge oil pipeline. Please stop oil tanker traffic on B.C.'s coast and in waters around the world."
More on Exxon Valdez and the Enbridge pipeline:
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