May 10 a critical day to defend our climate

By Caitlyn Vernon and Torrance Coste

• The science is clear: climate change is the greatest environmental challenge of our time. We are already seeing the impacts of climate change in BC, most recently with shellfish dying – and workers losing their jobs – due to ocean acidification. But our political leaders are ignoring this urgent reality.

Invermere, BC group demonstrating in November 2013The federal government is gutting environmental regulations, muzzling scientists, denying public participation in environmental reviews and disregarding its own laws for species at risk – all in the service of promoting tar sands pipelines. Our provincial government has pinned our economic future on the massive expansion of liquefied fracked gas – while ignoring the massive impacts on fresh water and our climate. Fortunately, most folks aren’t buying this.

From Kitimat to Fort St James, from Courtenay to Chilliwack, youth, workers and grandparents from all over the province are passionately committed to stopping these fossil fuel projects – in courtrooms, at the ballot box and in the streets.

The Federal Cabinet is expected to make a decision in June on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway proposal. Now is a critical time to continue to make our voices heard.

On May 10, people across Canada will be standing up to Defend Our Climate and Defend our Communities. Join us in Victoria or Vancouver or organize an event in your community.

Let’s stand together to send a clear and powerful message: industrial projects that will exacerbate climate change and threaten our coast are unacceptable. We can do better. The march and rally in Victoria is part of a National Day of Action, one of dozens of similar events across Canada. Visit for an event near you.

Caitlyn Vernon is Campaigns Director at Sierra Club BC.

Torrance Coste is Vancouver Island Campaigner at the Wilderness Committee.

Take the David Suzuki 30X30 Nature Challenge

Canadians in most of the country that have been dealing with a winter to forget are being challenged to get outside for the month of May and kick start summer early.

“Winter has lasted long enough,” said David Suzuki Foundation’s Aryne Sheppard. “During the month of May, we’re challenging Canadians to add a daily dose of nature to their routines by spending 30 minutes in nature for 30 days. So many of us spend hours in front of computer screens, but for the month of May, the 30×30 Nature Challenge is a fun and easy way to get outside and kick off the warmer months we’ve been looking forward to.”

Sheppard said that getting 30 minutes outside in nature can be as easy as taking a break to walk through a nearby green space, eat lunch under a tree or even hold a work meeting on a park bench instead of a boardroom. And, of course, we should be adding nature to our routine every day, not just during the month of May.

Joining the 30×30 Nature Challenge couldn’t be easier. Canadians can simply visit the 30×30 Nature Challenge Website at http://30× and sign up with their friends or coworkers. Every day, participants will get fun ideas of how to get outside and get more connected with nature. According to Sheppard, it’s more than just fun. “Studies have shown that getting a daily dose of nature can lead to increased mental and physical health, higher levels of happiness and work productivity and a stronger sense of community.”

“After the winter we’ve gone through, everyone from busy parents and children to downtown office workers deserve to kick start their summer a little earlier this year!” Sheppard noted.

The 30×30 Nature Challenge is being presented in partnership with Genuine Health, with generous support from Happenate and Bullfrog Power.

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