Protesting Grandpa


Terry was arrested July 10 while attempting his third protest against the Trans Mountain Pipeline since 2018.  As of July 15, Terry has been in jail for 5 days, after refusing bail and denying legal representation on stated moral and ethical grounds. His next plea hearing is on July 22 in BC Superior Court in Vancouver. 


Terry's bio:

My name is Terry Christenson. I’m a 71 year old musician/climber/activist who has been a member of Greenpeace since 2006.

In 2013 I was one of the first Arctic 30 to take action in Russian territory (Prirazlomnaya platform). In April 2018 I decided to act alone to take action against Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline in Burnaby B.C. I climbed the largest cottonwood within their boundary fence and defied a superior court injunction along with many others that day including Green Party leader Elizabeth May and Greenpeace elder Rex Weyler.

As a result of this action I spent the night in Deer Lake RCMP detachment. Those police officers I encountered were absolutely first class people. Being a rope access person I’ve helped train special forces so it does not impress me when I hear overzealous young activists treat them like the enemy.  

My brother Ken ( and I have been working on a documentary about indigenous civil rights in the 21st century here in Canada. On March 11, I began my current trip hitch hiking west, and spent 2 weeks in Thunder Bay interviewing various people regarding - ‘the effects of white priviledge on all our lives’, and ‘what would indigenous culture suggest as a possible solution for climate change’.

I then hitched two rides to Winnipeg, and eventually took a ViaRail to Vancouver in hopes of taking action against KM Canada before I was supposed to pay a $2000 fine on the 15th of April. The Alberta election dominated the media over that period so I’ve been keeping a low profile, training and preparing for today, April 29th.

Now that I’m finally on target I’m asking for your help in paying off my expenses. As of today I’ve made four round trips from Ontario to British Columbia for court and research. I have a semi pro bono lawyer who was an activist in her youth and believes in what we are doing. This time I’ll be pleading not guilty so by the time I get out of jail and fly home I’ll have spent $20,000 on my cards in the last 14 months.

This is a citizens action, me, a senior citizen. However, as always I encourage you to support organizations like, Greenpeace Canada and the Suzuki Foundation. Time’s ticking and all these people are working hard for our children and their children’s future. Thanks for your support.

Cheers. t
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Terry Christenson
Nobel, ON

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