November 20th, 2017: Unceded Coast Salish Territory; Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh Peoples.
With the threats of climate change looming, Force of Nature volunteers have been working together on their piece of the climate solutions puzzle. One of the Lower Mainland’s biggest challenges will be to develop a quick energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies. Over the summer, our solar team has been working hard to remove the red tape around solar photovoltaic permitting for small scale residential solar installations in Metro Vancouver.
BCUC report shows that there is no justification for continuing with the Site C dam.
Legal challenges to the Kinder Morgan pipeline are well underway, and so is construction on the project. The campaign has seen a lot of activity lately, both in the courts and in the streets, and we thought we'd break down some of the major activities to help you get a better sense of where we're at.Read more
On October 3rd, the new BC government announced that they would continue to defend the provincial approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline in court.
The Squamish Nation are arguing that they were not properly consulted before the BC government approved the environmental assessment certificate for the project. Many people in the environmental movement see the Squamish case as one of the strongest avenues for stopping the Kinder Morgan pipeline, and we were frankly shocked and concerned to hear that the new government would not be using this powerful tool to help stop the project.Read more
The BCUC hearings for Site C are well underway, but there's one more big moment coming up this week and we need all hands on deck. Please join us at the BCUC this Thursday, October 5th from 5-10 pm. (You can sign up here to register to speak at the hearings)
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