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Wade Davis speaks out about proposed Northern BC Pipeline

Posted by Jane Carswell on Tue, May 29, 2012

National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis has been garnering a significant amount of media coverage in the last few months as he has voiced his concerns over the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline through Northern British Columbia that, if given the go-ahead, will transport 525,000 barrels of oil per day from near Edmonton, AB to Kitimat, BC.*

While the project is being sold to Canadians as one that will provide widespread economic and social benefits, Davis feels strongly that the development of the pipeline will destroy an area of cultural and environmental significance in this isolated and once-protected area of the country.

Wade Davis Sacred Headwaters bookcover dec2011This isn't the first time Davis has spoken out about the protection of Northern BC.  He recently wrote the text for a book entitled The Sacred Headwaters capturing the cultural significance of this area of Northern BC where he lives in a collection of stunning photographs and moving text.  In a recent Ted Talk, Davis speaks about the Tahltan people of this region and their association with this land. "For them the headwaters are a kitchen, sanctuary, the burial ground of their ancestors,” says Davis. The area is currently being surveyed by Imperial Metals and Shell as potential mine sites that Davis says will destroy the land and taint the water with toxic chemicals; a by-product of this mining.

CMH Summer Adventures is pleased to host Wade Davis this summer at the Bugaboo Lodge in southeastern BC.  For four days guests will have the opportunity to hike and walk with Davis while sharing discussions on these issues, and many more.  In addition to The Sacred Headwaters, Davis has also written Into the Silence which delves into the story of Mallory, Everest and the Great War and has become a National Bestseller in Canada.  Other books to his credit include Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures, The Serpent and the Rainbow, One River, The Lost Amazon and more.  While at the Bugaboo Lodge Davis will share excerpts from his Massey Lectures series: The Wayfinders: Why Ancient Wisdon Matters in the Modern World.

To learn more about this exclusive opportunity to travel, walk and converse with Wade Davis, please visit  To learn more about the Sacred Headwaters of Northern BC, visit

*Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipelines "Project at a Glance",



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