Environmental activists protest pipeline, coal trains

by: Deborah Horne Updated:

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SEATTLE - They called it the Draw the Line Day of Action to stop Canada's proposed extension of its Keystone XL Pipeline down the middle of this country, which is an issue that brought Jane Levine to Seattle's waterfront because the pipeline would cut through her native Nebraska. 

"But it's all part of the same big issue of over, over reliance on fossil fuels is dangerous, and shortsighted,” Levine said. “And it's the same whether it's the pipeline or the coal trains.”

"If you want your children to live in a healthy area," said David Sovey, a member of the Lummi Tribe.  "You'll see to it that this blight is stopped now."

Indeed the message of this day is that fossil fuels -- whether exported through a pipeline or on a moving train -- continue to threaten the environment. It is why scientist says he brought his children here.

"The kind of things that we're hearing about now from Obama, Those kinds of things we should have heard about twenty years ago," said Dr. Baba Kofi Weusijana. "Those were the low hanging fruit things.  And now we need drastic things. And we're not hearing that."

For the woman who helped organize Seattle's day of action, this is proof that many others share her sense of urgency.

"Climate change is here," said Emily Johnston of 350Seattle. "It's already happening and it will continue to happen.  It will get much worse. But how much worse is still up to us."

The people here tell me they plan to raise their voices in protest, wherever these topics come up.  And they plan to do it as often as they can.