A Reflection on the Line 3 March

By Amy Felegy

For a full recap of the Line 3 March and for next steps (including info on the upcoming Northern hearings), click here

Amassed below the steps of the Minnesota State Capitol, protesters’ cheers and cries echoed through St. Paul’s streets. Last Thursday, the Hold the Line March and Rally to Stop Line 3 brought people together from across the state to stand against Enbridge’s proposed pipeline. “Protect,” “Respect,” and “Honor” were among the bounty of words painted across bright signs, held by youth and adults alike. Throughout the night, one thing remained clear: their voices would not be silenced.

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Anne Jones was among the protesters gallantly making their way to the public hearing.

En route to the public hearing, marchers dutifully exalted the cause through music, chants, and a sense of forwardness. A small break in the crowd revealed a sixty-something year-old woman with a mellow smile on her face, basking in the surrounding voices- sounds she could only describe as “hope.” Anne Jones, a Minnesota native, is active in the climate movement now more than ever, but admits this wasn’t always the case.

“You know, I bet five years ago I didn’t even know we had pipelines running through Minnesota.” Now, Jones is a crusader against Line 3.

“Why would we risk our lakes; our woods; our rivers?” she says with a shaking head. “We need to be moving on to electric, solar, and wind.”

Others took a more emotive stance on the proposal. Standing several meters back from the crowd, a man leaned motionlessly against his bike, as still as the face he wore. Although Kurt Seaberg has attended climate rallies for years, most recently at Standing Rock, this particular pipeline proposal hits home the most. When asked for his story, a glimpse of heartache spread across his face. Quietly adjusting his bicycle, he looked up at the tribal flags twisting in the wind.

“This is my home. I care about the water. I care about the future generations. And I think it’s inevitable it’s gonna change.” Seaberg took comfort in the numbers of youth attending the march and hearing, but still showed disappointment at the rate of concern.

“More and more people are starting to wake up, but we are fighting against a big enemy.”

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Kurt Seaberg observes the crowd gathering to begin the march.

 With impending news on the pipeline’s fate, Line 3 marchers are not ending the fight. Awaiting the judge’s recommendation in February and the final decision in April, protesters have some time to maintain the discussion. A strengthening crowd of activists continue to speak for climate justice, both in and out of public rallies. Seaberg is one of them. “This? This right here? It’s a beautiful place on Earth. And it’s worth saving.”