The loon is somewhat of an icon in parts of Canada in which it is endemic, as a shy aquatic bird whose mournful evening call is an essential part of communing with nature.
The image of our beloved loon in the middle of an oil spill is pretty unsettling.
According to Ecology Ottawa:
This campaign aims to increase awareness about these dangers by distributing hundreds of thousands of loonies with a clear plastic decal with the noEEpipeline.ca link. Inquiring minds, like you, will check out the website and learn why we so strongly oppose this pipeline and why they should be concerned.
They also claim that this protest does not break Canadian laws against “defacing currency.” They ask anyone who visits noEEpipeline.ca to sign a petition, donate to print more decals, or order some for themselves.
(Coincidentally, low international oil prices are currently driving down the value of the Loonie.)
Today is the first time I’ve spotted one of these coins (it showed up in a colleague’s change from lunch). Has anyone else had a sighting?