In November, Sierra Club BC and allied groups sent a joint open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau. Three pages of science-backed climate policy boiled down to a simple message: don’t fall for the greenwash.
Real climate solutions respect human rights, especially the rights of indigenous peoples. Not Site C.
Real climate solutions help us get off fossil fuels. Site C and associated transmission lines would ramp up fracking and oil and gas extraction in the Peace that is proceeding at such a pace that it outstrips Alberta’s tar sands, according to Global Forest Watch.
Real climate solutions don’t take food production for granted in a world of mega-drought and extreme weather. Real climate solutions value, cherish and protect food producing lands – both farmland, and wild food and fisheries that are the basis of First Nations traditional food systems.
The Peace valley is capable of producing sufficient fruits and vegetables to meet the nutritional requirements of 1 million people every year – Wendy Holmes, agrologist, testifying before the Joint Review Panel on Site C.
In December, we took this message to the farming communities of the Fraser valley. At events in Richmond and Chilliwack, Peace valley farmers shared their struggle and determination to prevent the destruction of this unique food oasis in the middle of the boreal forest.
Listen to campaigner Ana Simeon challenge the Site C greenwash on CKNW radio.
This video is compiled from footage of the “Drums for the Peace” solidarity rallies in Victoria and Vancouver on November 18, 2015. These rallies were to raise awareness and support for the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations of Treaty 8 Territory in their ongoing legal challenges to the approval and construction of the Site C Dam.
Photo credit (above): Larry Petersen