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Hundreds take to the water and the land to protest pipelines

(Kenny Mason, NEWS 1130 staff photo)

We have to be citizens in charge of this process, it doesn't matter what kind of government we have: pipeline protester

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – The protest started with drums and chanting as hundreds made their way to Westridge Park in Burnaby while kayakers met in Cates Park.

Dozens of signs made from cloth forwarded messages like “Keep it in the ground” and “Break free from fossil fuels.”

Hanne-Lore Pinder attended because she believes it’s in the best interest for future generations to move away from fossil fuels.

“We are at the edge of an abyss, and because we have created a mess and if we don’t change now, and fast, we’ve had it.”

Malina Laboucan-Massimo with Greenpeace is from northern Alberta where wildfires continue to rage on.

“My family, for instance, has had to evacuate on a number of occasions in the past from forest fires burning out of control earlier in the season because we’re experiencing immense amounts of drought.”

Catherine Ross says while all pipelines are troublesome because they promote further extraction, the Kinder Morgan project is particularly perilous.

“I am here because I really do believe that we cannot expand the fossil fuel industry any longer and I think we certainly cannot be encouraging a pipeline that results in tanker ships on our coastlines.”

She is hopeful the Trudeau Liberals are more engaged in the fight against climate, but she wants to see a shift away from fossil fuels as soon as possible.

“I think we still have to pay attention, we have to be citizens in charge of this process, it doesn’t matter what kind of government we have.”