Hollywood actress Evangeline Lilly, who has starred in Real Steel and will appear in the movie trilogy The Hobbit, grew up in Alberta and B.C. before moving to Hawaii when she was just ten years old. Evangeline has now been giving her opinions on the tar sands and, when a celebrity speaks about an issue or a cause, more people tend to respond.
In Evangeline Lilly's guest post for DeSmog Canada, she wrote:
When I think of home, I think of the wilderness. Canada is one of the last natural expanses left on planet earth, but right now, that vestige is being seriously threatened.
The tar sands in Alberta, the construction of new pipelines, the industrial abuse of clean water, the elimination of environmental laws and mistreatment of First Nations peoples are some of the greatest threats to our identity as Canadians. We are known as harmonious people: living in harmony with ourselves, with the rest of the world, and with nature.
But our response to these issues has not been in keeping with that reputation. In a time when the world needs to band together in order to learn how to live in harmony with nature, I would have expected Canada to be leading the charge, but we’re not.
Evangeline Lilly will play the elf Tauriel in the movie The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is set to be released on December 13 in both the US and the UK. She will then reprise the role for the movie The Hobbit: There and Back Again, which is released on July 18, 2014 in the US and UK.