Since we began as a handful of concerned citizens in 2014, we have achieved the following:
We have empowered, educated, and informed citizens around Howe Sound by inviting expert speakers to teach us about the issues related to fracking and LNG.
We have built a strong network of 300 dedicated volunteers that are passionate about protecting Howe Sound and volunteered over 5,000 volunteer hours in 2017 alone.
We have formed partnerships with 30+ other organizations and helped to set up a coalition of organizations all working to fight LNG export facilities across BC, to share resources, collaborate, and increase our collective capacity.
We have built a trusting relationship with local Squamish Nation members, and are very proud to help enable teachings of Squamish Nation language, songs, and ceremonies at all our events.
We have supported three demonstrations led by Squamish Nation leadership, and facilitated Squamish Nation voices to be heard at all our demonstrations.
We have gathered more than 17,000 signatures on the Howe Sound Declaration, which has been delivered to municipal, provincial, and federal politicians to demonstrate that there is no social license for Woodfibre LNG. We continue to collect more signatures.
We have demonstrated that there is no social license for Woodfibre LNG at the municipal level, and Municipal Councils and Regional Districts around Howe Sound have passed resolutions stating strong opposition to the proposed Woodfibre LNG project. SEE LIST OF RESOLUTIONS
We have enabled our citizens to engage with municipal, provincial, and federal representatives by coordinating meetings, and setting up tools to make phone calls or write letters.
We made it easy for our citizens to participate in the Environmental Assessment processes for Woodfibre LNG, FortisBC pipeline, and Burnco gravel mine.
We generated the most public comment submissions for any environmental assessment, twice, for the Woodfibre LNG project with more than 1,300 comments. For comparison, a much larger LNG export facility proposed in Louisiana garnered 6 public comments.
More than 1,600 people participated in a boycott of the 2017 Environmental Assessment process for Woodfibre LNG to draw attention to alleged illegal donations from Woodfibre LNG staff to the BC Liberal government which threatens the integrity of the process.
Nearly 4,000 people have signed a letter to BC NDP ministers asking them to review the environmental assessment process for the Burnco gravel mine so far, and conduct a robust and fully independent baseline assessment of wild salmon populations in McNab Creek
We made Woodfibre LNG a municipal election issue in 2014, a federal election issue in 2015, and a provincial election issue in 2017, resulting in a change in government for each election.
We have coordinated more than 15 demonstrations at critical moments, garnering media attention and putting pressure on various levels of government.
We stopped FortisBC from drilling test boreholes in the Squamish estuary.
We lobbied the District of Squamish not to accept $2 million dollars in municipal tax revenue proposed by Woodfibre LNG (now valued at $7 million dollars by BC Assessment Authority).
Thanks to research conducted by our volunteers and partners at Concerned Citizens Bowen, Squamish Nation forced Woodfibre LNG to change the cooling system from destructive sea-water cooling to air cooling.
We have built relationships with key media, and generated: 18 media interviews in 2014; 32 media interviews in 2015; 41 media interviews in 2016; and 64 media interviews in 2017.
We are known as experts on the impacts of LNG export facilities and have been invited to speak by other organizations and communities across BC.
Thank you for being part of this amazing community working to protect Howe Sound for future generations. If you'd like to support our work, please consider making a monthly donation to My Sea to Sky.