Posted by: rosemary | September 14, 2009

ALLIANCE ROMAINE MARATHONERS COMPLETE 250 KILOMETERS IN FIVE DAYS!

Chris Scott on his run, the highway stretching out before him...

Chris Scott on his run, the highway stretching out before him...

(Sept. 14th) Participants in the “Run for our Rivers” marathon have
covered 250 kilometers in five short days, relaying our important
environmental message from Matagami to Amos and Val d’Or.

Since the start of our journey on September 9th, we have been
following highways 109 and 111 past hills, lakes and boreal forest,
sharing perspectives with curious drivers, and with the general public
who have come out to attend our information sessions on the Rupert and
Romaine and other rivers.

Alliance Romaine is carrying a letter written by a Cree social worker
from Nemaska to describe the social trauma that has been occasioned by
four decades of unwanted hydro-electric development, and the
accompanying loss of trapland, on Cree territory.

In a public address delivered at the Aquarium Café in Amos, Alliance
Romaine runner and spokesperson Chris Scott emphasized that
free-flowing rivers are indispensable for healthy economies.

“Wild rivers irrigate our forests and provide nutrients to our
fisheries,” summarizes Mr. Scott. “They are the guarantors of jobs in
the silviculture and ecotourism and fishing sectors that are
threatened every time we destroy territory by building another
large-scale dam”.

Runner Nick Annejohn handing off the baton to Christopher Adlam and Rosemary Roberts, about to set off walking from La Corne to Val d'Or

Runner Nick Annejohn handing off the baton to Christopher Adlam and Rosemary Roberts, about to set off walking from La Corne to Val d'Or

Over the next five weeks, Alliance Romaine will be crossing Quebec to
demand a moratorium on large-scale hydroelectric development and to
promote investment in energy alternatives. We intend to use this
campaign to push for full protected status for the beautiful Romaine
River, located on the Lower North Shore, and also to stress the need
for a reform of the province’s environmental review process,
particularly the BAPE (Bureau des Audiences Publiques en
Environnement).

Alliance Romaine would like to take the opportunity to thank all those
people who have billeted us, financially helped us, participated in
our discussions, run, or supported us in some other way! Especial
thanks are due to the Native Friendship Centre in Val d’Or for their
warm welcome. We would also like to offer a word of gratitude for the
spectacular landscapes, clear autumn days and warm, star-studded
nights that have graced our trip so far!

Hoping to report back soon,
The marathon team,
For Alliance Romaine

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Responses

  1. To all the runners, thank you, mee-gwetch, merci.. I believe there is only one completely free flowing river left in California. For every small step you make towards protecting your rivers, people around the world are thanking you.
    Bryn Anderson
    California


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