We are stronger together

Our response to COVID-19

By Executive Director Hannah Askew, March 2020

If  you’re anything like me, last week feels like it was a lifetime ago. Things have been moving so quickly, as concerns mount and actions by governments impose new restrictions to try to help us all manage better.  

In times like these, the resiliency of the human spirit continues to shine. Weve been uplifted to see communities coming together in solidarity around the world. The Sierra Club BC family believes in community and in working  with one another to solve challenges that affect us all. 

In order to help slow the spread of the virus, we decided to close our office, effective Monday, March 16. All our staff are now working remotely from home. We have also postponed indefinitely any Sierra Club BC activities that might increase the spread of the virus. 

While our mode of operations for the foreseeable future is adapted, we are more committed than ever to fulfilling our mandate of protecting nature and the diverse and beautiful ecosystems we all depend on. Right now, our Education Team is working to support parents and guardians in connecting children to nature while social distancingOur staff are still available via email, webcam and phone, during this time, and we encourage your ongoing connection, engagement and support.  

We recognize that this is an anxious and challenging time for many households.   

It is important to balance screen time and prioritize mental health. With spring here today, why not spend increased time listening for bird song, going for a walk in an uncrowded local park, or drawing spring-time flowers? It is also an ideal time for planting wildflower seeds to help the pollinators that sustain plant life.  

I would also  encourage all of us to reflect on how we can support those among us who may be especially vulnerable to the virus. Our elders and those with compromised immune systems, for sure. Those with low and insecure income, and those who are unhoused. Migrant and immigrant communities who are overrepresented in workplaces at higher risk for transmission of the virus. And Indigenous communities on boil water advisories and with challenging housing situations.  

We express our gratitude to those people on the front lines continuing to deliver essential services, including health care and sanitation workers, grocery store and delivery staff, and daycare workers. 

The weeks ahead are an opportunity for us to think about how we want to transform our lifestyles and communities to better protect the places and people we love. Ironically, a virus that is driving us apart may end up pulling us together. Because when you care about the planet and all living beings, it’s clear that only collective, community-driven solutions will bring about a better world. 

All of us here at Sierra Club BC are so very grateful for your continued support.  

And we know we will always be stronger together.