Sierra Club Nanaimo is focused on stopping the expansion of tankers and pipelines along the B.C. coast while informing about and encouraging a move toward a clean energy infrastructure . Over the past year our efforts have also spear headed discussions about zero waste initiatives as part of opposition to the potential location of Metro Vancouver's new waste-to-energy incinerator at Duke Point.
We recognize that there are a wide variety of environmental issues both in Nanaimo, and across B.C. that need attention. However, as a 100 per cent volunteer-run group, we know that we are much more effective when energies are directed toward key projects. As a result, we have made a strategic decision to focus on the two above issues in 2014-2015. Consequently, we won't be able to address unrelated topics and areas of concern at this time.
If you would like to join the local group leadership and help set the course for our group, please email us here.
Folding in Clean Energy - 1,000 Cranes for the Coast
In Japanese tradition origami cranes represent a wish or intention for health and well-being. Sierra Club Nanaimo is inviting everyone to take part in a communal effort to fold 1,000 paper cranes in support of an oil-free coast - and healthy clean energy options for our communities.
Sierra Club Nanaimo Tell One Person Initiative
Life is a busy adventure, and although you have taken time to work toward protecting our natural heritage from the looming devastation oil pipelines and oil tanker traffic will cause, many people are unaware of the track record of companies like Enbridge and Kinder Morgan. As the proposed expansion of tanker traffic and pipelines looms closer, it is increasingly important for as many people as possible to send a strong message to our elected officials that we want a sustainable clean energy policy and a clear, realistic, and measurable plan to implement that policy.
So here’s the challenge: Make it part of your daily to-do list to
Tell your friends, your neighbours, the person at the check-out when you are buying groceries. Tell the guy or gal sitting next to you having coffee. Talk to your children’s teachers. Tell the person riding the bus, train, or plane with you. Tell your friends on social media. Tell your local media. Write letters to the editor or call into radio shows. Put up a sign on your front lawn! Tell your elected officials: write, e-mail, or call your mayor and city councillors, your provincial and federal representatives.
Sierra Nanaimo is concerned about the risks posed to our pristine marine environment and to sustainable economic development, especially tourism, by potential supertanker traffic. In October 2012, we hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary, "On the Line", which brings into sharp focus the people and the landscapes that would be affected if the Enbridge project is allowed through the Great Bear Rainforest. In August, we hosted a presentation by Dr. Riki Ott, the renowned marine biologist and toxicologist who tracked the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the marine environment and coastal communities. Dr. Ott is the featured character in the award-winning film “BLACK WAVE: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez,” a documentary that tells the tale of the battle between commercial fishers against the largest corporation in the world, Exxon-Mobil.
If you would like to join the local group leadership and help set the course for our emerging group, please email us here.