Climate Change is a direct result of the world’s consumption of fossil fuels. The use of these fuels must decline if we are to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.
In BC, there is a dangerous contradiction between the government’s commitment to fighting climate change, and its commitment to oil and gas development, which is accelerating province-wide.
Before BC can achieve any meaningful results in fighting climate change, we have to treat the fundamental problem: our government’s addiction to the quick revenue generated by fossil fuels.
This is not easy, and will require a mosaic of initiatives, many of which are already underway and on this website.
In the short-term, we can start by strategically targeting the worst fossil fuel projects in the province, campaigning to stop them on climate change-grounds.
The Sacred Headwaters
The Sacred Headwaters of NW BC, home of the Tahltan People, is the origin of three of Canada’s greatest wild salmon watersheds: the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine.
It is also home to a proposed fossil fuel project of the third largest corporation in the world: Royal Dutch Shell, which has purchased rights to a piece of land ~ 1/2 the size of the Netherlands, and is working to transform it into a coalbed methane (CBM) gas field.
CBM is a particularly destructive fossil fuel – it has a large footprint, it impacts watersheds, and can emit large amounts of methane greenhouse gas pollution.
Shell’s project for the Sacred Headwaters is an icon contradiction to the BC government’s climate change commitments. It is one of the worst fossil fuel projects currently proposed for BC.
A Winnable Goal
The campaign to block Shell’s project for the Sacred Headwaters is well underway. There have been barricades and resolutions, forums and concerts. A strong and diverse group of affected residents have already mobilized to exert their priorities over those of a system addicted to fossil fuels.
If people in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, and across BC join in solidarity with this strong local resistance, this icon fossil fuel project CAN BE STOPPED, thereby benefiting every living component of the Sacred Headwaters and preventing a massive amount of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.
Onwards and Upwards
We know climate change is an emergency. We know the scale and scope of its impacts represent the greatest and most rapid planetary transformation in human history. And we know we can do something about it. We can choose our battles strategically, drawing lines in the sand where they have the greatest chance of hastening society’s transition to carbon neutrality and sustainability.
One of those lines is being drawn in BC’s Sacred Headwaters.
We are seeking $20,000 to support this campaign. Please visit www.dogwoodinitiative.org to donate.