In the early 1980’s, Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street in Manhattan was the place to be, at night, for fun, with the coolest of the cool people. I never made it there myself, and chances are you didn’t either. But we have all made it into Club 400 where uninvited, and in some cases unearned, memberships have been granted to all 7 billion of us. Membership is effectively permanent and its perks are not restricted to evenings, they will be with us all the time.
With a victory that surprised everyone, Premier Christy Clark has won a majority government. In her post-election speech, Clark said she heard the clear message that the environment and economy need to be balanced. Sierra Club BC will be working harder than ever to remind the new government of this imperative, as we animate our core mission.
For the first time in millions of years, the concentration of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide has passed the milestone level of 400 ppm. Meanwhile, B.C.'s proposed LNG boom could add 62 million tonnes of carbon a year to the atmosphere -- more than the 48 million tonnes contributed annually by Alberta's tar sands.
Protecting B.C.’s wilderness and wildlife is more important than ever as concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere reach levels unseen for millions of years. Connected wild spaces will be key to saving at-risk B.C. species such as caribou and grizzly bear, as well as plants, birds and other creatures so we can give species a fighting chance to adapt to a changing climate.
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