It’s not so long ago that terms like atmospheric rivers and heat domes were not part of our everyday vocabulary. We now understand too well what havoc they wreak. In 2021, intense heat and unprecedented heavy rains resulted in the deaths of more than 600 people, billions of dollars in damage, and the demise of 1.3 million farm animals and over 1 billion marine animals in B.C. alone.
We need a response from all levels of government that matches the scale of the global crisis we now face. We cannot afford any more missed emission reduction targets or any new fossil fuel projects that risk locking B.C. into a high-carbon future.
In B.C. ecosystems and communities are threatened by liquefied fracked gas projects that are enabled by lax requirements for emissions reporting, continued oil and gas subsidies, and the Trans Mountain pipeline and tankers project (TMX).
TMX would bring another 400 tankers a year to the Salish Sea, putting salmon rivers and the coast at much greater risk of catastrophic oil spills. Even without a spill, the noise from these tankers could cause endangered orca whales to go extinct.
Over 30 billion taxpayer dollars are being spent on this dangerous pipeline and tanker project. The TsleilWaututh Nation’s assessment of the proposed project, in collaboration with leading risk assessment experts from Simon Fraser University, estimated up to 87 percent likelihood of a spill over a 50-year period. The expansion is a direct threat to the Tsleil-Waututh community and way of life.
SCBC has stood with Tsleil-Waututh Nation in their fight against TMX since the beginning. From supporting the Pull Together campaign, which raised funds for legal challenges against TMX, to practicing ceremonies, we are honoured to be in this work together.