Laurie Embree was sentenced to 7 days in jail for blocking the gates to stop construction at Kinder Morgan’s oil tanker terminal, the first Protector to risk jail time. She was released Saturday August 4.
“I am sorry if at times we have appeared to be angry. You see, these things are urgent. Last year my first grandchild was born. He arrived during the swirling smoke storm of summer, caused by the unprecedented wildfires in the woods and dry scrub in the interior, yet another terrifying manifestation of our rapidly changing climate. For almost a week he couldn’t go out into the world. “
Lambert is no stranger to being in the spotlight. She is the former president of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation and has faced large throngs of media, as well as tense standoffs with provincial governments.
She’s fierce, to be sure, but I can imagine what an overwhelming and emotional experience Saturday must have been for her.