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Rise For Climate – Build Our Future Not a Pipeline! Event

RISE FOR CLIMATE – International Day of Action

Vancouver March & Rally
4pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
Georgia & Howe

BUILD OUR FUTURE – NOT A PIPELINE!

The forests are on fire and the air is thick with smoke. The water is polluted and the planet is being destroyed. Yet Prime Minister Trudeau continues to be hell-bent on wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on buying one ageing Tar Sands pipeline and trying to build another.

Join hundreds of thousands mobilizing around the world on September 8. We are putting forward a vision for a sustainable future We are working together to show the alternatives, and we are growing!

Bring your friends, family and co-workers as we gather to demonstrate and reaffirm our commitment to fighting for climate justice and a better world. We are working to build our future, not a pipeline. We demand the government of Canada do the same.

Fund Housing, Healthcare, Education & Green Energy – NOT PIPELINES!

Sponsors: Climate Convergence Metro Vancouver, UBC 350, Vancouver 350

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

More information on “Rise for Climate” International Day of Action: https://riseforclimate.org/

“On 8 September we will rise together in our neighbourhoods to take action, telling the story of the communities we want, and showing governments how to follow our lead. We’ll connect all our local efforts globally to help make an unstoppable wave of people’s climate leadership – from our town halls, to our schools, and places of worship.”

For more information: climateconvergence604@gmail.com / 778-889-7664

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Rise for Climate!!! International Day of Action Event

https://www.facebook.com/events/328347781240170/

RISE FOR CLIMATE – International Day of Action

Vancouver March & Rally
September 8th @ 4:00 pm
Vancouver Art Gallery
Georgia & Howe

BUILD OUR FUTURE – NOT A PIPELINE!

The forests are on fire and the air is thick with smoke. The water is polluted and the planet is being destroyed. Yet Prime Minister Trudeau continues to be hell-bent on wasting billions of taxpayer dollars on buying one ageing Tar Sands pipeline and trying to build another.

Join hundreds of thousands mobilizing around the world on September 8. We are putting forward a vision for a sustainable future We are working together to show the alternatives, and we are growing!

Bring your friends, family and co-workers as we gather to demonstrate and reaffirm our commitment to fighting for climate justice and a better world. We are working to build our future, not a pipeline. We demand the government of Canada do the same.

Fund Housing, Healthcare, Education & Green Energy – NOT PIPELINES!

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
This event takes place on the traditional, unceded, occupied territories of the səlil̓wətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

More information on “Rise for Climate” International Day of Action: https://riseforclimate.org/

“On 8 September we will rise together in our neighbourhoods to take action, telling the story of the communities we want, and showing governments how to follow our lead. We’ll connect all our local efforts globally to help make an unstoppable wave of people’s climate leadership – from our town halls, to our schools, and places of worship.”

For more information: climateconvergence604@gmail.com / 778-889-7664


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Important Event – Shut Down Federal Liberal Fundraiser: Stop the Pipeline Buyout

https://www.facebook.com/events/1796954137079075/

 

Fundraising while 600 wildfires burn and climate chaos intensifies while pushing a climate-busting pipeline — the priorities of Justin Trudeau’s federal Liberals are clear.

Thursday August 23 in downtown Vancouver, Liberal MP Hedy Fry is hosting Finance Minister Bill Morneau for a $500 a plate fundraising dinner at a fancy hotel in downtown Vancouver. Nanaimo will host an unwelcome party for Justin Trudeau and his cabinet on August 22, and there’s a decent chance Trudeau will make the trip to raise cash for the 2019 election.

Let’s shut them down.

Date: Thursday August 23
Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Outside Century Century Plaza Hotel Downtown Vancouver
Address: 1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
Map link: https://goo.gl/maps/sGqhwofXPPK2

RSVP: http://eepurl.com/dDenpz

Join us to remind MP Fry that the people of the West Coast do not accept the stubborn federal Liberal push to build a pipeline while wildfires burn and climate change chaos intensifies.

RSVP: http://eepurl.com/dDenpz


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Join ‘Coast Protectors.ca’

Here is information on Coast Protectors click here.

Whatever it takes to stop Kinder Morgan

We call upon our friends and allies to stand with us to defend our land, our water, and our air, from Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project.

We stand in solidarity with Indigenous land, water and environment protectors across Turtle Island, from British Columbia to Quebec, from Burnaby to Lelu Island, from Muskrat Falls to Standing Rock.

Indigenous Peoples have consistently and repeatedly rejected Kinder Morgan’s pipeline and tanker project, including the arrest of Grand Chief Stewart Phillip on Burnaby Mountain in 2014.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s November 2016 approval of the project denies our inherent Indigenous Title and Rights, and violates a core principle of Reconciliation: the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Coast Protectors is proudly hosted by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).

TAKE THE PLEDGE

Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
Working towards the recognition, implementation and exercise of our inherent Indigenous Title, Rights and Treaty Rights

342 Water St, 500 Vancouver, BC V6B-1B6 Canada
604-684-0231 | ubcic@ubcic.bc.ca


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Join ‘ProtectTheInlet.ca’

Here is the link to sign up for email updates:

 Protect the water, land, and climate

#ProtecttheInlet

Nearly 200 people have been arrested challenging the Kinder Morgan pipeline. They are now facing charges in court for standing up for Indigenous rights.

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Next event:

People of Faith and Spirit will be standing up to Kinder Morgan on Saturday, Apr 28.

For facebook event information click here.

(On April 28, the Faith community will return to Burnaby Mountain. Last week, twenty members of the faith community risked arrest taking bold action against Kinder Morgan.

This Saturday, over 100 members of the Faith community are answering the call to take a stand for Indigenous rights and are asking peoples of all faiths and all spiritualities to support them on Burnaby Mountain.

Please arrive at 8am ready for a march.)

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Stay up-to-date on the fight against Kinder Morgan. Click here.

A Watch House, (“Kwekwecnewtxw”)

Visiting Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-6pm

Indigenous Coast Salish members, spiritual leaders and youth have erected a traditional “Watch House” as part of their ongoing resistance to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Expansion pipeline.

A Watch House, (“Kwekwecnewtxw”  or “a place to watch from” in the henqeminem language, used by members of the Coast Salish Peoples) is grounded in the culture and spirituality of the Coast Salish Peoples. It is a traditional structure they have used for tens of thousands of years to watch for enemies on their territories and protect their communities from danger.

Today, this danger is Kinder Morgan’s new pipeline from the Alberta tar sands, which seeks to cross Indigenous and Coast Salish traditional territories despite the fact that more than half of Indigenous communities along the pipeline’s route have refused consent for the project. It would also mean a seven-fold increase in tanker traffic in the Salish Sea, bringing hundreds of tankers through the Burrard Inlet each year.

The Watch House will be occupied by Coast Salish members, including members of the Tsleil-Waututh and allied communities, and used for ceremony and Indigenous gatherings.

Want to plan an event at the Kwekwecnewtxw Watch House? Send an email here.
Want to volunteer? Send an email here.

Kwekwecnewtxw – Protect the Inlet” is an Indigenous-led initiative, supported by allied organizations.

FAQ

How do I pronounce Kwekwecnewtxw?

Kwekwecnewtxw is pronounced Kwu-kwe-ow-tukh.

Is this a project of the Tsleil Waututh Nation?

No. This project is led by members of the Tsleil Waututh communities but not Tsleil Waututh Nation government or band council. It is supported by allied groups.

Why is the Watch House significant?

It has been a long time since Coast Salish communities have been able to build a Watch House, which makes this project historically significant. The Watch House will continue to be an important place for prayer and ceremony. The Watch House will be a base for ongoing opposition to the Kinder Morgan pipeline, which seeks to cross Indigenous land and waters without consent.

Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact media@protecttheinlet.ca.

Is there a public camp at the Watch House?

No. The Watch House is a space for Coast Salish spiritual leaders and members and their guests.

“Kwekwecnewtxw”  translates to “a place to watch from.” A Watch House is a traditional structure of the Coast Salish people that’s been used for tens of thousands of years to watch for enemies on their territories. The Watch House will be occupied by Coast Salish members, and used for ceremony and Indigenous gathering.

Kwekwecnewtxw is pronounced Kwu-kwe-ow-tukh.

 

Location:

The Watch House is located at Burnaby 200 Soccer Field. Here’s a map.


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New research indicates increasing Chinook salmon abundance and reducing disturbance is essential for Southern Resident killer whale recovery

We have the knowledge to guide this population’s recovery. The actions just need to be implemented.

Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea.

Photo by NOAA

The critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) that inhabit the Pacific Coast of Canada and the United States are balancing on a knife-edge. A study published today shows a 25% chance that these iconic whales could be lost within the next 100 years. With appropriate and resolute actions, however, this risk of extinction could be significantly reduced.

An international team of renowned scientists representing academic and conservation organizations in three countries has published a peer-reviewed paper in the journal Scientific Reports evaluating the relative importance of known threats that endanger Southern Resident killer whales. This population has experienced almost no growth over the past four decades and has declined in the last two decades.

The team, whose expertise included killer whale behaviour, ecology, bioacoustics, and population biology, was led by Robert Lacy, Ph.D., Conservation Scientist for the Chicago Zoological Society, and Paul Paquet, Ph.D., from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Together, the team assessed the viability of this small population of genetically isolated killer whales, which subsists largely on salmon. To evaluate the severity of known coast wide threats to the population (nutritional stress, pollutants, excessive noise), the new research considered more than 40 years of data collected by the Center for Whale Research regarding killer whale survival and reproduction. Then, by simulating various combinations and levels of these threats, the capacity for the population to recover was examined under different future scenarios.

“Not surprisingly, we found that SRKWs face a highly uncertain future with a low probability of recovery under existing conditions of food availability, pollutants, and vessel noise and disturbance,” said lead author Robert Lacy. “Conversely, increasing Chinook salmon abundance combined with reducing vessel noise and disturbance significantly increases the whales’ likelihood of long-term survival, reducing the risk of extinction.”

“The noises caused by commercial and recreational vessels of all types mask the frequencies used by killer whales to detect salmon and communicate. In addition, vessel disturbance changes the behaviour of whales, which also reduces their foraging efficiency,” said co-author Christopher Clark, PhD. “Killer whales need habitat full of salmon, but they also need a habitat quiet enough to find their food. For this already food-stressed population, reduced feeding leads to lower birthrates and lower survival.”

New research shows 25% chance Southern Residents will be gone in 100 yrs without action.

“Our study reconfirms that Chinook salmon abundance has the greatest influence on SRKW population health, but also demonstrates the powerful interaction of salmon abundance with vessel noise and disturbance,” noted co-author, Rob Williams, PhD. “We found that recovery of SRKWs requires a 30% increase in Chinook salmon above average levels. Or, we could double our conservation impact by increasing Chinook salmon abundance by 15% and reducing noise and disturbance by half.”

Unfortunately, key threats to the population are predicted to increase. This includes an expected increase in noise because of increased shipping and a predicted decrease in the abundance of Chinook salmon because of climate change.

“The most important message from our study is that with appropriate and resolute actions, the chance of survival for these iconic whales over the next 100 years can be significantly improved,” said co-author Paul Paquet. “Canadians, Americans, and global citizens care about the future of these whales.” Paquet concluded.

See article here……..