Evangeline Lilly grew up in Alberta and B.C. but has spent the past 10 years living in Hawaii. Why should the masses care about what she has to say about the tar sands?
Well, as the introduction to her guest post on DeSmog Canada notes, the actor starred in Lost and The Hurt Locker and will appear in the second and third movies in The Hobbit trilogy. In our celebrity-obsessed culture, those are more than enough reasons.
In her post, Lilly writes:
When I think of home, I think of the wilderness. Canada is one of the last natural expanses left on planet earth, but right now, that vestige is being seriously threatened.
The tar sands in Alberta, the construction of new pipelines, the industrial abuse of clean water, the elimination of environmental laws and mistreatment of First Nations peoples are some of the greatest threats to our identity as Canadians. We are known as harmonious people: living in harmony with ourselves, with the rest of the world, and with nature.
But our response to these issues has not been in keeping with that reputation. In a time when the world needs to band together in order to learn how to live in harmony with nature, I would have expected Canada to be leading the charge, but we’re not.
I'm still stuck on the The Hobbit reference. According to Wikipedia, Lilly is playing the elf Tauriel, a character that was created for the films but does not appear in the J.R.R. Tolkien book. Shame!