History is being made right now in Ottawa, Canada as hundreds of people from across North America are risking arrest on Parliament Hill during a mass civil disobedience sit-in to protest tar sands development. The people will come in waves of 20 to sit-in and stand up to the Harper government's agenda to exploit the tar sands, the second largest pool of carbon on the planet.
Louisette Lante, a housewife from Waterloo, explains why she is willing to risk arrest:
It is morally justifiable to risk arrest if you see and witness a crime occurring or about to occur. We are saying the tar sands industry is unlawful. We need to stop it before the damage is done. It's worth getting arrested to send that warning out to the rest of Canada.
Ottawa Action, which was inspired in part by the recent Tar Sands Action at the White House, is organized by The Council of Canadians, Greenpeace Canada, and the Indigenous Environmental Network (IEN).
The event has received the support of several Canadian celebrities, including Dave Thomas (SCTV), Graham Greene ("Dances with Wolves," "The Green Mile"), Mia Kirshner ("The L Word"), Kate Vernon ("Battlestar Galactica") and Peter Keleghan ("18 to Life"). It's also supported by Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, and dozens of other prominent and courageous voices.
Photos from the event are here.
More on the Ottawa Action:
Canadian Celebrities Support Ottawa Action Over Tar Sands