Film star and activist Jane Fonda was in Vancouver Saturday – part of a speaking tour to protest the Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
“And I am here now, I came here, because I believe the world is at an existential crossroads ”
People and life versus oil.
That’s the choice laid out by the 77-year old star to cheers from a crowd of several hundred.
Fonda noted the English Bay oil spill is but a tiny taste of what could happen if oil development goes ahead.
“If there’s a spill an entire way of life will be destroyed, species will be threatened with extinction, and there will be no going back.”
And she says if tanker traffic is allowed to increase, a catastrophic spill is a matter of when, not if.
“Let’s not fool ourselves about the probability of a spill. If it moves, it spills, you’ve all learned that.”
Fonda says the world faces chaos if global temperatures are allowed to continue rising.
“And this will never happen if we drill in the Arctic and expand the Alberta Tar Sands. ”
Fonda says she came here on her own after being inspired by local activists.
And that she’ll be back next year as she tours the continent to fight the oil industry.