I’m sure you just heard the good news! Environment Minister George Heyman announced that Kinder Morgan would not get to put shovels into public land until the province has undergone meaningful consultation with First Nations communities along the pipeline route. This is another big roadblock in the way of this destructive pipeline, and one more step towards a sustainable, low carbon future for our province.Read more
Catastrophic climate change is happening, human systems are pushing it further and we need to act now, together. Period.
On Monday, June 26th, a group of concerned community members came together at our Mission: Transition! workshop to talk about doing just that. The discussion focused on questions like, "how can we accelerate our transition to a low carbon future?," "how is climate change changing your community?", "what climate solutions are already underway in your neighbourhood?", and "what solutions would you like to see in the future?" Force of Nature gave a few short presentations on climate change and successful grassroots climate solutions, in between interactive group discussions and ideastorm activities that revolved around those important questions.
In December of 2016, I joined Force of Nature as part of the Pull Together team - a joint partnership with Sierra Club, Raven Trust and countless other participating groups, with the purpose of raising funds for the Coldwater, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh legal challenges to defend their land air water and right to consultation against the Kinder Morgan pipeline against the Kinder Morgan pipeline.Read more
It's been another exhilarating, suspenseful, dramatic week in the evolving soap opera of BC politics. After a nerve wracking thirteen days of waiting, Monday ushered in the exciting news that the Green Party has agreed to support the NDP in a minority government. Details of the cooperation agreement, released on Tuesday, include "employing every tool available" to stop Kinder Morgan, sending Site C to the BC Utilities Commission, banning big money in politics, and ordering a referendum on proportional representation. Here's a link to the original agreement and a Globe and Mail article that breaks it down to the basics.Read more
As the Pull Together organizer with Force of Nature, I’ve been working with groups, businesses and organizations across the Lower Mainland and beyond to raise critical funds for the Squamish, Coldwater, and Tsleil Waututh challenges to Kinder Morgan.
The creativity, strength, knowledge and unique skills donated to this campaign astounded me, while impossible to capture the vast array of involvement from volunteers and passionate organizers, here are a few of my favourites:
Last autumn, I attended a gathering where a handful of community organizers were chatting about the then-far-away provincial election. The discussion was an open-ended one and was characterized by more questions than answers - but a couple of ideas emerged which really hit a chord with me and feel very relevant today given the events of this week.
When the BC Liberals issued the environmental certificate for Kinder Morgan way back in January, Force of Nature launched our most intensive campaign so far. We hit the pavements in neighbourhoods along the pipeline route and began canvassing our way through rain, sleet and snow. Since then, our hardcore organizers have made thousands of phone calls every single week, hosted potluck gatherings in community centres and homes, and slowly built up a small army of supporters, leaders, and volunteers that are ready to vote Kinder Morgan out of our neighbourhoods this Tuesday May 9th.Read more