If you're like a lot of people, the thought of speaking into a microphone sounds about as appealing as a trip to the dentist.
But I want to tell you about an opportunity to speak up that you're not going to want to miss.
As I'm sure you know, the Enbridge Pipeline threatens is a threat to our watersheds and wild salmon like we've never seen.
A critical opportunity to make your voice heard on the Enbridge Pipeline is fast approaching.
The federal Joint Review Panel will be holding public Community Hearings along the proposed Enbridge pipeline route in January and February 2012. These Community Hearings are your only chance to speak directly to the three-person Review Panel.
(Joint review panel website: http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/clf-nsi/hm-eng.html)
If you want to make a statement to the panel, you need to register by October 6.
Speaking directly to the Panel can have a strong and lasting impact on decision-makers. It is important that the Panel hears residents' thoughts, concerns, and emotions in relation to the Enbridge project.
Click here if you want to join the hundreds of Northwest BC residents who have already signed up to speak in front of the panel.
(Link to registration form: http://gatewaypanel.review-examen.gc.ca/efile/oralstatement.aspx)
(The online registration form only takes a few moments to complete.)
We don't know how many voices it's going to take to stop this pipeline. Yours might be the critical voice that tips the scales and sends Enbridge packing.
Haven't presented at a hearing before? Wondering what to expect? Feel free to call us at 250-847-3143 or email us any time at info,,,friendsofwildsalmon. We're happy to chat about what to expect at the hearings and how you can prepare.
We'll also be phoning our supporters across the Northwest in the coming weeks to discuss the hearings.
With your help, these hearings are going to send a strong message to Enbridge and the world that Northwest British Columbians won't stand for this oil pipeline.
Together, we can do this.
Greg, Dan and Mike
Friends of Wild Salmon Outreach Team
PS. You don't have to be an expert to present to the panel! Tell them what you care about. Tell them about your hopes for your kids. Tell them what you love about your home. Even one or two sentences can have a real impact.