President Barack Obama listened to youth not too long ago, and now youth is asking for a continuation of that dialogue.
Lakota young people from what is today known as South Dakota have made a video explaining why the President should decline the application of TransCanada to complete its 1,700-mile-long pipeline from the oil sands of Alberta, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico.
“This is our land,” says one. “This is our home.”
“So, Mr. President, listen to us now,” says another, urging him to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He vetoed a bill that would have circumvented the State Department evaluation process and forced the project to move forward.
Their reasons are myriad. “It’s a threat to our treaty rights, sacred waters and lands…. We do not want this pipeline.”
And the implications reach far beyond the presence of a pipeline through their lands.
“We need to stop the tar sands at the source,” says another youth, while another adds, “Now keep your word and protect our future.”
See the full impact of their words below.