Here is an email alert to action that I received from the Sierra Club to share and act upon:
Last Friday, world scientists issued a stark emergency warning. The UN climate panel forecasts a sea level rise of up to almost 1 metre and a global temperature of up to 4.8 degrees by 2100, unless immediate action is taken to dramatically reduce burning of oil, gas and coal.
With less than one degree of global warming, B.C. is already experiencing more storms, more droughts, more forest pests, more wild fires, melting glaciers, rising sea levels and loss of shellfish in acidifying ocean waters.
Yet B.C. is rushing full steam ahead in the opposite direction. Although Premier Christy Clark has conditionally rejected the proposed Enbridge pipeline/tankers project, her government is pursuing talking with Alberta about opening a path for pipelines to the coast and has remained silent on the equally destructive Kinder Morgan proposal.
Sierra Club BC is calling on the Premier to take the science seriously and show courage and vision at this historic moment. To prevent the worst impacts of global warming, we must immediately turn away from building new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as pipelines, tanker terminals, coal mines, fracking wells, and liquid natural gas facilities. Instead, we can shift government support to carefully planned renewable energy projects and energy conservation programs, which will create many more good green jobs to sustain B.C. families.
Please join us in urging Premier Clark and the B.C. government to reject all new tar sands pipelines and tankers in British Columbia, and set B.C. on a path to a low-carbon future.
Sincerely, Jens Wieting Caitlyn Vernon Forest and Climate Campaigner Coastal Campaigner
About Sierra Club BC Sierra Club BC‘s mission is to protect B.C.’s wilderness and wildlife, especially in light of global warming.
This is the letter that I sent from their site that will be sent to:
- Hon. Christy Clark (Premier of B.C.)
- Hon. Rich Coleman (Deputy Premier and Minister of Natural Gas Development)
- Mr. Adrian Dix, M.L.A. (Leader of the Opposition)
- Hon. Bill Bennett (Minister of Energy and Mines)
Global warming is getting dangerously close to a point of no return. The number of extreme weather events continues to increase, as scientists predicted. In June 2013, hundreds of thousands of people were displaced in the worst flood to hit Calgary and the Kootenays in eastern B.C. in nearly a hundred years.
We still have a chance to act – to stop global warming before it becomes unstoppable.
The most urgent and immediate action is to stop new fossil fuel projects, such as tar sands pipelines and tankers. I am pleased that the B.C. government has said “no” to Enbridge.
However, to be a climate leader requires an outright rejection of all proposals that would bring tar sands oil to BC’s coast. Far more jobs can be created by investing in renewable energy and energy efficiencies.
I urge you to reject all proposals, including both Enbridge and Kinder Morgan, that would bring tar sands oil to BC’s coast and speed up global warming.
To give ourselves a fighting chance to prevent the worst impacts of global warming, we must heed the warnings of scientists, the International Energy Agency and the World Bank, and immediately stop building new fossil fuel infrastructure, such as pipelines, tanker terminals, fracking wells and liquid natural gas facilities. At the same time, we must develop a plan to phase out fossil fuels as quickly as possible.
The impacts of climate change are already being felt by BC families. For a safe and just future, I urge you to develop a plan to move BC to a low-carbon economy.