OFC Scoop 1: July 2014
Get the inside scoop on the politics of conservation
Welcome to the inaugural issue of our newsletter! Four or five times a year, Organizing for Change will send you the inside scoop on what’s happening in Victoria on key environmental issues. We’ll update you on progress of the priority issues we’ve chosen for this year (we’re announcing our new ones below!) as well as others that crucially affect how BC protects and manages its irreplaceable natural heritage – and what you can do about it.
Closer to home, we will also give you tips on how to get your local conservation concerns onto the radar of your elected officials and decision-makers.
New priorities revealed for 2014-15
The end of the spring legislative session is the time for us to report on government’s progress on our last round of priorities (see below) and to announce the new ones we’ll be working on through to next spring. OFC will be calling on provincial decision-makers to make these top priorities and we will be looking to you to help decision-makers keep them front-of-mind.
Permanent protection for the Flathead River Valley
This is an opportunity for B.C. to stand on the world stage by completing the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a biodiversity hotspot! The B.C. government took the first step towards protection when it banned mining and gas development; now it’s time to finish the task with a National Park feasibility study.Read more
Protect the Sacred Headwaters
B.C. took bold steps when it said no to gas development, and when it deferred more than 60 coal licenses to allow crucial talks with the Tahltan First Nation to proceed. Now it’s time to ensure long-lasting protection of the birthplace of some of B.C.’s most important salmon rivers – the Skeena, the Nass and the Stikine. Read more
LNG in B.C.’s North: The “Big Picture”
Multiple, overlapping Liquid Natural Gas projects stretch from B.C.’s northeast gas wells to north coast processing plants. It’s time for the B.C. government to work with First Nations and local communities on a Regional Strategic Environmental Assessment to consider potential impacts and plan thoughtfully for the future. Read more
Last year’s policy priorities: 2 out of 3 and counting
Coming out of the 2013 election the B.C. government was quick off the mark to complete the first of OFC’s three policy priorities by December when they deferred any new coal tenures in the Sacred Headwaters. In the spring session they passed the long-awaitedWater Sustainability Act, ticking off #2. And although we’re now past the March 31, 2014 deadline for the Great Bear Rainforest Agreements, we are encouraged that First Nations and government have agreed in writing to complete the task by the end of 2014. So close! Stay tuned to see if they complete the third one by year end… Read more
Who is Organizing for Change?
Like a magnifying glass in the sun, Organizing for Change focuses the energy of environmental groups representing thousands of British Columbians in ways that encourage our elected representatives to pay as much attention to the health of the environment as they do to the health of the economy.
Each year OFC groups select Policy Priorities that are practical opportunities for government and opposition to build track records of environmental achievement that they will be proud to stand on. Learn more