Walk itself will be a profound request and prayer for moral vision,
determination, and courage to President Obama and all national and
international policy makers. The Keystone XL pipeline must not be
constructed across United States territory. We must do our part in
trying to preserve Alberta's boreal forest and the indigenous lands and
peoples that tar sands mining is exploiting. We must keep the vast
majority of coal, tar sands, shale oil and natural gas in the ground so
that we leave our grandchildren the legacy of beautiful land, pure water
and a stable climate, which we inherited from our ancestors.
As we walk, we look forward to talking to the people in the communities along our route. We will be listening for their concerns and ideas about how together we can respond to the dangers posed by fossil fuels. And we will take their message with us to the White House.
"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.” - Rev. Martin Luther King