I had a couple incredibly brilliant work trips this year: a ship tour with Greenpeace, and one to Paris to cover the UN Climate Conference with DeSmog. In contrast to some years past, it was a fairly uplifting year to be doing environmental work in Canada (Shell pulled out of the Arctic, Canada got a new government, Northern Gateway was killed, and the Paris Climate talks are being lauded by most as a success). We aren’t used to celebrating this much!
I met so many beautiful, courageous, and inspiring souls along the way. Greenpeace crew, campaign team, delegates and activists, thank you for bringing me on board. I had no idea you could pack that much adventure, connection, intensity, laughter, camaraderie, education, love, delicious food, and beauty into a ship. What a mobile gem of an international community. I think of you all often and with a giant grin on my face.
This first slideshow is the second leg of the ship tour and involved training and an action against Shell’s oil rig, Polar Pioneer, as it made its way up to the Arctic to start drilling.
The next slideshow is the first leg of the ship tour which sailed to Haida Gwaii and back with a First Nations delegation that included Taylor George-Hollis from the Squamish Nation, Candace Campo from the Shíshálh Nation, Audrey Siegl from the Musqueam Nation, Victor Thompson from the Haida Nation, Robert Holler from the Anishinabe Nation, and Mike Auger from the Bigstone Cree Nation in Alberta. The tour was to to help connect coastal communities who are already opposing pipelines and tankers to the global fight against Arctic oil drilling. This leg was my favorite. While I adored the action and adrenaline of the second leg, this first trip was unbeatable with the people, the culture, and the stunning environment.
UN Climate Conference in Paris. What an intense experience. I wished I could clone my body 20 times over so that I could get to more of the events. So much happening all at the same time. I was really grateful to be able to meet up with the lovely Naomi Devine who is a seasoned pro at the COPs and she gave me some great pointers for next time. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to Carol Linnitt and Emma Gilchrist for making it a reality.
And to wrap-up here are some highlights from the rest of the year.