Sierra Club Nanaimo is working to stop the expansion of tankers and pipelines on the B.C. coast. More locally, we are focusing on stopping the proposed location of Metro Vancouver's new waste-to-energy incinerator at Duke Point.
Incinerators are a source of toxic pollution to air, land, and water and contribute to climate change through their CO2 emissions. Read our fact sheet to learn more about the proposal.
Please sign Sierra Club Nanaimo's petition on change.org and/or write a letter urging Nanaimo city council to oppose the incinerator.
Sierra Nanaimo presented at the Nanaimo City Council meeting on July 22 on Metro Vancouver's proposed waste-to-energy incinerator, and why council should ensure that such a facility cannot be built in our city.
Check out the video of the council meeting (the presentation starts at 2:48:32 and Sierra Club Nanaimo's David Wang's personal presentation begins at 3:22:32).
A motion will be made at the Monday, December 2, Nanaimo Council meeting to have council tell Metro Vancouver that the City of Nanaimo is opposed to the location of a waste to energy incinerator at Duke Point. We have all been working toward this goal for months, but the battle is not yet won! Proponents of the incinerator will be attending the Dec. 2 meeting in an attempt to sway councillors. We urge you to attend the meeting to show your opposition to this proposal. We need to show the council the majority of people living and working in Nanaimo want clean air and a healthy environment for future generations.
Please read our press release for more about this issue and a letter from Bev Campbell published in the Daily News.
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.