22 Jun '12, 3pm

This 11-year-old environmental activist is oil companies’ worst nightmare

At Rio+20, Tai’Kaiya Blaney, 11, spoke — mic-check style — against a future where the land is filled with pipelines and oceans are empty of life: Blaney’s a member of the Sliammon Nation in Canada and has already built up an impressive record as an environmental activist. She’s been fighting against tar-sands pipelines in Canada and has already been escorted off of pipeline company Enbridge’s property, as Yes! Magazine reported : She thought she could hand deliver an envelope containing an important message about the company’s pipeline construction. But the doors remained locked. “I don’t know what they find so scary about me,” she said, as she was ushered off the property by security guards. “I just want them to hear what I have to say.” Oh, and here’s a video of a song she wrote about water: If I were an oil company, I’d definitely be scared of this kid.

Full article: http://grist.org/list/this-11-year-old-environmental-acti...

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