Like most Vancouver Islanders, I rarely venture farther north than the Cariboo. Southern B.C. provides wilderness enough for three lifetimes – or so I thought until this summer, when I fell in love with the Peace Valley.
This summer, Mark Worthing, Sierra Club BC's Flathead outreach coordinator, joined a team of 15 bat researchers in the lower Flathead Basin on the 3rd annual BioBlitz research expedition.
Sierra Club BC volunteer Gerry is a self-professed car nut. He's owned 43 cars over his lifetime, he builds cars, and he's ditched his passion for piston engines for cleaner, greener electric vehicles.
On August 30, the Lummi Nation made a stop at Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria (unceded Coast Salish territory) as part of the Totem Pole Journey. The group is traveling the proposed Keystone XL and Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline routes, stopping finally at the Beaver Lake Cree Nation to deliver a custom totem carved by Jewell Praying Wolf James (House of Tears Carvers).
Charly Caproff recently met her "karst-mentor" in Port Alberni, and found a beautiful karst system there.
This tribute to Sierra Club founder, John Muir, by Ana Simeon, was published in the September 2014 issue of Island Parent.
In 1986 Sierra Club BC supporter and environmental activist Carol Brown joined dozens of other volunteers in Sooke to look after birds soaked in oil from a tanker spill in Port Angeles.
Sierra Club BC's Caitlyn Vernon discusses the threats the Park Amendment Act poses to B.C. parks and invites people to participate in July 19th events in B.C. parks.
Outreach Assistant Anna Gerrard is travelling to the tar sands, the "belly of the beast", to take part in the fifth and final Tar Sands Healing Walk.
Canada's new anti-spam legislation comes into place July 1st. Sierra Club BC email subscribers will be asked to re-confirm their email in order to receive future promotional material from us.
Nature-lovers rejoice! As of March 2014, Vancouver Islanders have a new park in our back yard. Unofficially known as the Heart of Quadra Parks, it comprises nearly 400 hectares of forest on the northern tip of Quadra Island, and connects two existing marine parks – Octopus Island and Small Inlet.
When I visited Fort McMurray, Fort MacKay, and Fort Chipewyan in northern Alberta, my eyes saw tar, destruction of the boreal forest, black smoke polluting the air, deformed fish from Lake Athabasca, a graveyard with many recently dated tombstones. After visiting the same piece of geography, a CEO of one of the major oil corporations writes about seeing oil, development, and billions of dollar bills.
Did you know that karst water systems play a vital role in the health of plant and animal species and serve as a primary source of fresh water for one quarter of our global population?
Farmland in B.C. is under assault from Delta to Fort St John, and British Columbians are standing up for their food lands. Right now, Metro Vancouver is the one remaining hurdle to the destruction of productive farmland in Tsawwassen. The Southlands proposal would plonk a full-blown shopping mall and more than 900 condos right next to Boundary Bay Park, miles away from urban centres and community services. This flies in the face of every commitment Metro Vancouver made in its Regional Growth Strategy.
Vanessa Scott sees the potential of green jobs in a flourishing economy that could translate to other areas in B.C. There is so much work already going on to grow a green economy in the Comox Valley.
Sierra Club BC's Dr. Colin Campbell was invited to attend NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) forum “North American Blue Carbon Experts and Partners Workshop” in Menlo Park CA. The three NAFTA nations are interested in quantifying carbon sequestration and storage in seagrass, saltmarsh and mangrove ecosystems and the CEC is seeding the technical processes of mapping and tracking with a two year, $450,000 research project.
In the next installment of her blog on living plastic-free in 2014, Sierra Club BC's guest blogger Carol-Lynne Michaels travels to Halifax.
Sierra Club BC Forest an d Climate Campaigner Jens Wieting blogs for Huffington Post on the final stages of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements.
Ever heard of karst? Blogger Charly Caproff takes us into the largely unknown, but environmentally important, world of karst.
Shaw TV's Rajie Kabli talks to Sierra Club BC guest blogger Carol-Lynne Michaels, who is refusing plastic for a whole year (for the second time) to do her part in reducing plastic waste.