Right now, more than a dozen new or expanded oil, coal or liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities have been proposed or recently approved on the shores of the Salish Sea, primarily aimed at exporting North American fossil fuels to Asian markets. These projects put the people, ecosystems and economy of the Salish Sea at risk, and put our region on the front lines of the battle to stop climate change.
If all the proposals in the region were approved, the Pacific Northwest would become one of the largest fossil fuel exporters in the world. This would mean over 308 million extra tonnes of carbon dioxide each year (more than 5 times BC’s annual total emissions), and 1,231 more ships joining the already crowded waterways of the Salish Sea.
We are the ‘thin green line’
For too long, the imaginary line drawn on a map between Canada and the United States has kept us battling each of these fossil fuel export projects in isolation from one another. But we share one coast, one ecosystem and one climate, and if we work together, we can form the ‘thin green line’ that prevents the fossil fuel industry from getting its land-locked products to market.
Together with partners on both sides of the border, we are building a community of Americans and Canadians committed to working together to protect our shared waters and tackle the climate crisis.
You’ll receive opportunities to act at critical moments to ensure that projects under review in BC and Washington are rejected by decision-makers, and receive invitations to events and more that build our shared power across the border.
Together, we will ensure that fossil fuel companies meet a wall of opposition up and down the West coast. If we are successful, we will collectively make a globally significant dent in climate change emissions, and protect our shared waters and regional economy for generations to come.