It's Time to Defend Our Future

In less than three weeks I will join high school students from across the province in meeting with our local MLAs, and I couldn’t be more excited! It seems that politicians will not act with the interests of the future of the environment or youth in mind unless their constituents demand they do, and that is exactly why Defend Our Future is back.

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Apply for Energy East's NEB Public Hearings

Since the overwhelming wave of opposition that turned the Enbridge pipeline into a public sensation, the National Energy Board has become increasingly opaque. Following the Enbridge public hearings in which 1000+ people responded to the project with a  resounding no, the NEB added a laundry list of requirements to the application process for public hearings. Now, it takes an hour of paperwork to even be considered as a commenter, and applicants are required to show proof that they will be directly affected by the proposed project. And even if they do get accepted, the NEB is under no requirement to actually read their comments at all.

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Climate Change Warning Labels on Gas Pump Nozzles

Come out on January 26 to a lecture hosted by Kids For Climate Action and Rob Shirkey about his campaign: to get municipalities to put climate change warning labels on gas pump nozzles. 

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Collaborating with the Dogwood Initiative on Municipal Elections

In the weeks preceding the municipal elections, Kids for Climate Action partnered with the Dogwood Initiative to get people out to vote in the municipal elections; people who would stand up for environmental issues and ensure their voices are heard in politics. With the events unfolding on Burnaby Mountain and the Kinder Morgan pipeline (#kmface with our volunteers above), as well as the approval of a new coal port at the Fraser Surrey Docks, it was especially important to get people out to vote for people who would stand against climate change and offer policies that would lead to a more sustainable future.

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Burnaby youth have conversation with Raj Chouhan

“We must meet the 2020 goals. We have to.”

This statement by MLA Raj Chouhan succinctly captures the message that high school students all across the province are trying to reinforce: that we simply cannot keep missing our emissions reduction targets.

On February 5th, fifteen students from six different Burnaby high schools met with the Burnaby-Edmonds MLA. 

 

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Defend our Future with David Eby and Spencer Chandra Herbert

On February 3rd, students gathered at the office of David Eby to discuss the NDP’s plan to achieve BC’s 2020 Greenhouse Gas Emission targets. Ten students from Point Grey (and beyond) met with David Eby, MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey, and Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for the West end—who, in typical form, showed up on a bicycle with rainbow-colored spokes. 

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My sister, Ralph Sultan & I

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    My sister and I stood anxiously outside the wooden door. 409. Ralph Sultan. It's not something I would usually do, go and visit my MLA to discuss climate change and our governments parts in it while simultaneously wearing my kilt slightly lopsided and my school tie a tad loose but then again, If I’m to make any difference whatsoever in the world of environmentalism I can't just stick to things I would usually do.

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Fossil Fuels Out Of Schools!

In late October, two K4CA members, Sydney Emo and Sophie Yamauchi, posted an open letter against Canadian Geographic’s “Energy IQ” program; a curriculum based series of learning tools and activities for students grades 1 through 12. 

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Powershift BC 2013

The biggest youth climate conference in the history of BC, Powershift, was held on Coast Salish territory in Victoria this October 4th. 

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