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Emma usually covers the fashion beat, but Will and Kate are visiting Canada, and Environmental Defence is hitting the runways with a series of hats that describe Canada today, a very different place from when Chuck and Di visited 20 years ago. My favourite is Tar and Feathers, "To mark the day Canada achieved infamy when a flock of ducks mistook a massive toxic lake in the tar sands for a good place to land."
While touring the Keystone XL site, Kate might want to wear Pipeline Medusa "Don't look now, but Canada has morphed, from a hewer of wood to a pumper of oil."
I love the Royal Trucker "Party in style this summer. If you carry your beverage up top, your hands will be free for more important things. Like the royal wave."
Environmental Defence explains:
The 'Hats for Kate' were commissioned for the royal couple, who are in Canada on their first official trip abroad, to welcome them with a taste of Canadian culture and to show how much Canada has changed since Will's childhood visit. Canada used to be known for its obsession with hockey, its leadership in international peacekeeping, and of course for just being plain nice.
But now Canada is becoming better known for producing tar sands, the dirtiest oil on earth, and interfering in international efforts, such as the EU Fuel Quality Directive, to put in place rules to tackle global warming.
They are asking readers to send a letter to the UK Parliamentary Under Secretary for the Department of Transport, Norman Baker, urging him to support strong action by the EU to reduce the carbon in fuels.
Collect them all at Hats for Kate.
More on the Tar Sands and the Keystone XL Pipeline:
House Rushes Keystone XL While State Dept. Sued Over Communication With Tar Sands Lobbyist
25 U.S. Mayors Speak Out Against Tar Sands Pipeline