No Pipeline/No Tankers - Action PageThe Great Bear Rainforest is frought with a number of proposals to carry crude oil and liquefied natural gas by supertanker through its pristine waters. Much research and evidence show that the risks are simply too great. Not only do these proposals threaten a pristine marine ecosystem, home to some of the rarest species on earth, but they also threaten the livelihoods, economies and cultures of Northern and Coastal British Columbians.
Take ActionThere are so many ways to make your voice heard, on a personal level as well as within your community.
- Host a letter writing party.
- Hold a community film event in your local school, community center or theatre.
- Create a short film expressing why the 'No Tanker' issue is important to you.
- Write a song, poem or short story on your experiences in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Please send us any creative material you make by e-mail to email@example.com
Make your voice heard!Writing letters is an effective way to make your opinion known both provincially and nationally regarding the proposed Enbridge Pipeline and consequent tanker traffic on the B.C. coast.
Below is some sample text for a letter or you can email the Prime Minister directly. Make sure to personalize it — it's your chance to speak up!
Keep your letter short and to the point – less than 150 words is preferable. Your letter should carry its most important message in the first few sentences. Make your letter timely – if you have just returned from a trip to the Great Bear Rainforest or if it is a reaction to a previous story in the paper. Include contact information so that you can be reached during the day and the evening. Don’t be afraid to tell readers what you want them to do - this is your chance to speak your mind.
Dear Prime Minister Stephen Harper,
I strongly oppose bringing crude oil to the Great Bear Rainforest.
The proposed plan to build a crude oil pipeline from the Alberta tar sands to the North Coast is the wrong choice for British Columbia. Allowing this pipeline to be built and oil tanker traffic in the pristine waters of the Great Bear Rainforest would undermine the conservation gains already made and the way of life of the coastal First Nations people.
More than 80 percent of British Columbians oppose crude oil tanker traffic on the North Coast and the coastal First Nations have declared a ban under their traditional laws. This project would be a major, long-term investment in dirty oil development at a time when B.C. and Canada should be investing in the clean energy economy.
We have the opportunity to set an example here. To show how we deal with the last few wild places on our planet and more importantly, for how we honour and respect the rights and traditions of First Nations and all indigenous people. I strongly urge you to have the foresight and ingenuity to move forward with a plan that will move British Columbia, and Canada, into the future instead of clinging to the status quo.
Thank you for your time.
It’s time to take action. Write a letter to Premier Clark today. We’ve put together a sample letter to make this easier for you.
Learn more about LNG here.
Finding your B.C. Member of Parliament
It is very important to copy your letter to other sources. For example, if you write a letter to Premier Christy Clark, copy the letter to one or more cabinet ministers and a newspaper.
Minister of the Environment
Hon. Dr. Terry Lake
Telephone: 250 387-1187
Minister of State for Climate Action's Office
Hon. John Yap
Minister of Forest, Lands and Natural Resources Operations
Hon. Christy Clark
Further Useful B.C. Provincial Contacts
MLA Rob Fleming, NDP Environment Critic
Adrian Dix, Leader of the NDP
Mike Farnworth, NDP
Jane Sterk, Leader of the Green Party
Joyce Murray, MP
(Liberal Member fr B.C. submitted private member's bill to put a legal moratorium on oil tankers traveling on B.C.'s coast which was delayed due to Federal election set for May, 2, 2011)Email: Murray.J@parl.gc.ca
Prime Minister Stephen HarperEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
|23 Alison Blvd (Main Office)|
|Fredericton, New Brunswick|
Minister of Natural Resources Canada
The Hon. Joe Oliver
Telephone: (613) 996-7046
Fax: (613) 992-0851
|511 Lawrence Ave West,|
Minister of Environment
The Hon. Peter Kent
|7378 Yonge Street, Unit 41B (Main Office)|
Leader of the NDP Party
Mailing Address - Constituency Office
|3333 Queen Mary Road Suite 310|
Leader of the Liberal Party
Leader of the Green Party
Writing Letters to Local and National Newspapers
Writing letters to newspapers is extremely helpful. Newspaper editors, like politicians, need to know what people are thinking about regarding the issues facing Canada's Pacific coast. The editorial section is often the first page politicians turn to.
Links to some of the main Canadian national and B.C. newspapers:
National Post email@example.com
Financial Post firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Press email@example.com