Canadian Youth Oppose Drilling and Tanker Expansion at UN Climate Conference

Cancun, Mexico – The Canadian Youth Delegation (CYD) voiced their
opposition to offshore drilling and oil tanker traffic today at the
United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP16) in Cancun, Mexico.
Outside of the main plenary the group carried banners saying, “Oil and
Water Don’t Mix,” while delivering messages of impacted communities.

Offshore drilling and tanker transport are damaging to marine life and
coastal communities. Government and industry need to leave oil and gas
in the ground. With peak oil behind us non-conventional sources of
fossil fuels, such as offshore and arctic drilling, are becoming
increasingly exploited, and this dangerous trend cannot continue.
Local community opposition to offshore drilling and new tanker routes
must be respected to mitigate the effects of climate change and
coastal destruction.

“Offshore drilling and the use of oil tankers guarantees disaster,”
says CYD member Robin Tress. “The question is not if there will be a
spill, but when.” Spills cannot be cleaned up, and effected ecosystems
cannot be restored to their natural state. The negative ecological
effects of the Exxon Valdez spill in the arctic are still suffered
twenty years later and continue to show signs of contamination in
local wildlife.

Adam Thomas, of the Carrier Nation of Northern British Columbia and a
member of the CYD says, “Canada needs a legislative tanker ban on the
Pacific North Coast. It is the only way to protect the jobs, the
environment and above all the communities of this unique place; the
last coastal temperate rainforest in the world.”

Offshore drilling and oil tanker traffic promote the expansion of a
fossil fuel economy, which is one of the root causes of climate
change. As an international community we must oppose the continuation
of such projects and promote community-based alternatives to fossil


For additional information, please contact:

Emilie Novaczek – (+52) 998 141 5815

Adam Thomas

First Nations Representative
UNBC Northern Undergraduate Student Society|
Environmental Planning Student| goBEYOND director

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Prince George, BC  V2N 4Z9

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