Kings County residents gathered in Wolfville’s Clock Park recently to hold a Defend Our Climate event. – Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
By Wendy Elliott
The unofficial speakers’ corner at Clock Park in Wolfville was full recently for an event called Defend Our Climate.
Mary Lou Harley, a member of the Wabanaki Confederacy Alliance, served the new Liberal government notice during the gathering.
“We are gathered to hold authorities and corporations responsible for their actions. We hereby alert our new provincial government that we expect them to accept their responsibility to prevent environmental damage and one step to do so is a legislated ban on gas production by hydraulic fracturing,” said Harley, who is also president of the Green Party of Nova Scotia.
“We are all Treaty people, as descendants of First Nations and settlers, and as new settlers in this region.”
Another former Green Party candidate, Anna-Maria Galante, said, “The problem is, whether it's fracking or - I hate to say it - large-scale renewable energy generation, people don't like to be told what to do.”
Real self-determination, she said, would mean every household in the province was able to generate its own power and feed it back into the grid.
“An accessible feed-in tariff system,” Galante suggested, might be a good option. “Wouldn't that be great? Or we could follow the German model. Community investment in community energy generation. They're doing it! And they're doing it so well.”
The problem with fracking, she said, is that risk to those resources far outweighs whatever temporary economic gain might result, “with absolutely no guarantee that it would trickle down to the people who need it most,” Galante added.
So if we are ever to emerge from the energy dark ages, she said, we have to step into an era of self-determination, with small-scale power generation.
Several speakers expressed support for activists in Elsipogtog/Rexton, N.B., but Marke Slipp, one of the organizers, noted that hydraulic fracturing is also a local concern.
Extensive fracking has been proposed for the Windsor block, with 680 wells from Truro to Wolfville. The provincial moratorium on fracking is over in April 2014 and a regulatory review is underway.
Defend Our Climate was a nation-wide event.