This document outlines a vision and makes proposals for changing the way we manage B.C.’s waters, lands, and resources in the face of climate change and its accelerating impacts.
This report recommends a fundamental reform of the Environmental Assessment (EA) process for new projects. We recommend that the Province consistently apply a comprehensive “climate test” when assessing projects that could exacerbate climate change. (Blind Spot Backgrounder)
The National Energy Board (NEB) has been widely criticized in its review of the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion proposal for failures in process, for limiting participation, and for a lack of accountability and fairness. In this report, we detail the deficiencies in the process to date that are giving rise to public criticism and dissatisfaction, and causing some intervenors to withdraw.
For a full decade, B.C. forests have been releasing dramatically more carbon into the atmosphere than they have absorbed out of the atmosphere. B.C.’s forests emitted 256 million tonnes of carbon dioxide during the period 2003 – 2012. In contrast, B.C.’s forests absorbed 441 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from 1993 to 2002.This is the key finding of a Sierra Club BC analysis of B.C. government forest carbon emissions data.
According to new provincial data quietly released on a government website, B.C. forests are now approaching a full decade of releasing carbon rather than absorbing it.
Efforts to protect and restore the ability of our forests to store and sequester carbon must particularly focus on our temperate rainforests that have shown so far to be more resilient to climate impacts than other ecosystems. Increased conservation and improved forest management can help immediately to reduce provincial emissions. In the light of the alarming emission trends and the speed of climate change we can no longer afford to neglect our forests.
Executive summary of the February 2013 report. CPAWS-BC, Headwaters Montana, NPCA, Sierra Club BC, Wildsight and Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.
Global warming is here, greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase, and climate change impacts appear greater than feared. Despite these alarming trends, here in British Columbia climate policy has lost momentum and the provincial government is not building on its initial steps to fight global warming and reduce emissions in a coherent and adequate manner. (Emissions Impossible Executive Summary)
Labour and environmental movements across Canada have called for a fair and effective price on carbon as one of the tools needed to transition to a low carbon future. As such, we recognize B.C.’s carbon tax as an important step in that direction.
This document is a collaborative, solutions-focused call for Canadian provincial leaders and aboriginal governments to embrace the responsibility and opportunity of developing a bold new energy strategy for Canada
Coal mining threatens Vancouver Island water resources, and the industries that depend on them.
In July 2012, Sierra Club BC’s Forests and Climate campaigner Jens Wieting spoke to the Special Committee on on Timber Supply.
133 experts and scientists have signed a declaration calling for the permanent protection of old–growth rainforests in Clayoquot Sound.
In August 2011, the B.C. government quietly released only a limited set of updated data tables for provincial emissions in 2009. According to the new data, B.C.’s 2009 greenhouse gas emissions were 67 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
This report considers lessons learned to date from the BC experience, and the next steps required for an effective and equitable carbon pricing strategy. BC’s carbon pricing, while it is a positive first step, has serious flaws (Fair and Effective Carbon Pricing Executive Summary)
Logging practices in B.C.’s coastal rainforests are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions and must be included in B.C.’s official annual carbon emissions tally, Sierra Club BC said today in a report. This report reveals that B.C.’s official carbon emissions would be 24 per cent higher if emissions from coastal rainforests were included.
Coal was one of Vancouver Island’s earliest industries, and now it is making a dubious come-back. A new coal mine called “Raven” is proposed near Fanny Bay in the scenic Comox Valley.
B.C.’s estuaries hold extraordinary potential for moderating climate change and should be our highest priority for conservation of any marine or terrestrial habitat. This report evaluates the carbon storage potential of two highly-biodiverse marine habitats—salt marsh and seagrass meadow—in the light of a recent discovery of the crucial role of estuarine vegetation in binding carbon.
This paper advocates for a broad approach to managing our publicly-owned forest resources. It invites us to re-imagine forestry in BC, not through the traditional (and opposing) lenses of either maximizing human use, or maximizing protected areas, but rather, with a view towards maximizing carbon storage.
This analysis by the Sierra Club BC mapping department shows how decades of industrial logging have led to a significant decline in the amount of old-growth coverage in coastal rainforest ecosystems, seriously compromising species habitat and carbon storage capacity. (High resolution also available)
Many British Columbians — including those deeply concerned about climate change — harbour concerns about how renewable electricity is currently planned, promoted and developed in BC. We offer six basic recommendations on the direction we think government should take in clean electricity planning and development.
A report based on a review of potential climate change implications of the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements.
In this paper we review current science, from the most credible sources, to help provide an understanding of the basis for, and the scale of, the global warming problem and the kind of contribution BC might make to its solution (Authors Summary)(Appendices)
Open Letters to Federal Leaders Regarding Climate Test – Sept 14, 2015
Open Letter to Christy Clark re. B.C’s Climate Action Plan – June 18, 2015
An open letter to all British Columbia MPs and MLAs regarding Pull Together – February 6, 2015