We extend our gratitude to Mike Bell, Peggy Zimmerman and Diana Talbot, Sierra Club Comox leaders who are taking well-deserved retirement after years of dedication.
Sierra Club Comox has worked tirelessly over the past years successfully fighting the proposed Raven coal mine, in the heart of B.C.’s shellfish-growing region.
We’re immensely proud of the dedicated members of Sierra Club Comox and their partners in Coalwatch and Comox Valley Water Watch who played a huge role in bringing forward potential watershed impacts in the environmental review process. Over the past two years, they have pored over thousands of pages of documents, commissioned expert studies, talked to their neighbours, engaged in street theatre (often clad in their handmade duck costumes) and organised letter-writing events.
Sierra Club Comox Valley gathered initially (in 2009) to oppose a proposal for a gas station beside an estuary designated a Canadian Important Bird Area. Since then, the core group expanded its vision to address the sustainability of the entire Courtenay River watershed.
As well as the Raven Coal Mine campaign, Sierra Comox Valley also campaigned on the Enbridge pipeline and tankers and worked to educate the citizens of the Comox Valley about their democratic rights and responsibilities.
Their work was guided by a positive vision of the Courtenay River estuary as an eco-neighbourhood.
Listen to the whimsical tale of Rocky the Raven by former Sierra Comox Valley chair Mike Bell: