The first major protest against the KM pipeline is planned for today (Saturday, March 10, 2018) and it is important to recognize that this has become not simply an oil pipeline issue but has become symbolic of many things, most of which are bad in people’s minds.
Symbols unify people and often mean different things to different people. First nations view KM as a threat to their traditional way of life. To KM shareholders it means more money for them. To the mayors of the coastal cities it threatens the natural beauty surrounding them.
For the sports and commercial fishermen it spells a potential income tragedy. For the Greens it makes a mockery of the Feds concern about climate change.
Those in the tourism industry shudder at the thought of a chemically laced bitumin spill. Those boating in the Gulf Islands likely feel their politicians have gone bonkers. For many it has now become a symbol of moronic thinking with total lack of any real concern of our children’s environmental future.
Those attending the protest rally will be motivated for many and varied reasons.
Symbols have enormous power. Think of the swastika.
Those who really care and feel most strongly about the symbol will, in the end, most likely be on the winning side. We are about to witness the beginning act of civil disobedience the like of which our gerneration has never witnessed.