Kiera-Dawn Kolson is a campaigner for Greenpeace in the Arctic. She is also a member of the Dene Nation, which calls among its homeland some of the areas affected by the Exxon Valdez spill. The spill might have been 25 years ago, but she, her community, and the land and water they make their lives on are still dealing with it daily.
In this op-ed, Kiera-Dawn looks at the recent draft plan by the Arctic Council — a group originally convened to, in part, determine a path for sustainable development in the Arctic — to protect against the repeat of disasters like Exxon Valdez.
The problem is, the Arctic Council’s plan won’t prevent new disasters. It wouldn’t have even prevented Exxon Valdez. Kiera-Dawn puts it more eloquently that we can even try to: