When 16-year-old environmental activist Sam Harrison made a presentation last week at the Vancouver hearings into the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, he had one goal in mind: to make the case that this pipeline represents a fundamental betrayal to his generation.
“The Arctic will melt; the world will experience the next mass extinction,” he said during the review panel. “My generation will have to deal with the consequences. Surely, your generation owes it to us to not make it worse.”
The Gateway project faces staunch opposition from first nations groups and environmental organizations including Greenpeace and Sierra Club BC. Mr. Harrison, a Grade 11 student at Prince of Wales Secondary School, said it’s time for a moral argument against the pipeline, as environmental and economic appeals have so far failed to kill the proposal.
The video of his emotional appeal against the project has been widely shared, catching the attention of such prominent environmental activists and groups as Naomi Klein and WWF Canada. Ms. Klein’s tweet proclaimed: “16-year-old rocks the pipeline hearings.”