UNDRIP & the Environmental Movement

Do you know the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and why it is crucial to the environmental movement? Adopted in 2007, UNDRIP is an international legal document that affirms the rights of Indigenous peoples and constitutes the minimum standards for their survival, dignity and well-being. Canada initially voted against endorsing … Continue reading

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“We should all be storytellers.” Meet GSA’s Summer Student, Bayleigh Marelj

Hi folks, I’m Bayleigh Marelj, the Digital Communications and Community Outreach Assistant for Georgia Strait Alliance this summer.   Before I talk about what the Digital Communications and Outreach Assistant means (I know it is a long title), I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself.  My background & the bog By the … Continue reading

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Stop fueling the fire: end fossil fuel subsidies in B.C.

Climate change is already being felt here in BC. Our coast is seeing warmer waters, which the Department of Fisheries and Oceans says is causing salmon declines on the BC coast. Fire seasons in 2017 and 2018 were extreme events driven by climate change, impacting our economy and human health, and costing taxpayers hundreds of … Continue reading

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Climate Accountability Means Communities of Care: Meet GSA’s Newest Organizer

Hey everyone! My name is Gillian Der and I am so excited to be jumping into this role as community organizer on GSA’s municipal climate accountability efforts. I am looking forward to campaigning to support community members in asking their municipalities around the Salish Sea to send letters to the top 20 carbon producers, holding … Continue reading

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A Bingo night to remember

Last Saturday night we showed Vancouver our wild side, and girl, it was worth it! Over 80 people showed up at a specially haunted Russian Hall to play a game of mystery and intrigue… Bingo! Our host extraordinaire, dazzling artist Kyle Loven, won everyone over with his humour and charisma. Beer and cider flowed in … Continue reading

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On the interest of the “public” and/or the “nation”

Every time the topic of the Trans Mountain tanker and pipeline expansion hits the headlines, we are subjected to various public pronouncements by politicians, oil companies, and media figures about how it’s in the “public” or “national” interest. I think it’s important to note that this “public” or “national” interest, cast in primarily economic terms, … Continue reading

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Climate action matters

We are united because we’re living in the beginning of the climate crisis. Together, we are in a collective darkening moment because we’ve operated by the rules that we were given. But now it’s time for a change: corporations, consumers, and decision makers need to define new rules that provide the framework that we all … Continue reading

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Climate accountability and fiscal responsibility

Multi-year summer droughts. Forest fire smoke turning the sun orange. Winter storms increasing erosion of the shoreline. Coastal communities may not face the same dramatic climate impacts as interior residents driven out by wildfires and flooding, but even here the impacts are becoming evident. Climate change is probably the single, biggest threat to the health … Continue reading

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