Many Vancouverites are opposed to Enbridge building the Northern Gateway pipeline to carry oil from the Alberta tar sands to the B.C. coast. For one thing, they don't want to see that oil loaded onto tankers and possibly spilled in the waters off Kitimat.
Today (January 18), these people got a chance to express their love for the B.C. coast in a most colourful way. On the last day of the Enbridge hearings in the city, hundreds gathered outside the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre and formed a giant blue water drop, the Überdrop.
Local artist Zack Embree and activist A.J. Klein organized the community art project. “The Blue Drop is a symbol of unity, hope and enduring strength. AJ and I are combining community and art in order to draw attention to the need to protect land and water from resource extraction projects such as the Proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, and the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which is currently servicing tankers leaving our own inlet here in Vancouver,” Embree explained in a news release today.
Now that's a beautiful protest.