On May 9, 2013 Lynn Thompson had the opportunity to speak by Skype with Emma Gilchrist of Dogwood Initiative. The conversation is framed by ocean and wildlife sounds recorded by the shores of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. In the final two minutes of this podcast you will hear the ad that is currently playing on CKNW in Vancouver leading up to the provincial election on May14th.
There are many amazing groups advocating for the voice of the people of Canada in decisions that directly affect their lives and livelihoods, and on behalf of protecting the environment in which we live. One of these groups has been making strides for the last 15 years with now 12 paid staff organizing hundreds of volunteers across the province of BC and country of Canada: Dogwood Initiative. Unwaveringly, they have been growing their network now 150,000 strong on the No Tanker issue (you may have found a 'No Tankers' decal on a loonie) for the last 6 years, beginning when hardly anyone had heard of the issue and no one was talking about it. Connecting through the on-line petition, large public gatherings, and regular updates to the network, this is such a significant issue that the time has come to step up and be counted. Now many consider the future of BC is hanging in the balance with this upcoming election, with the major pubicity and controversy about these projects. If the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project and Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion go ahead, they would potentially jeopardize the health of BC's coastline and en route contaminate major watersheds providing drinking water for communities of the province. Dogwood Initiative with their No Tanker campaign is advocating that in this next election you inform yourself of where the provincial party representatives stand on this important issue, and then 'Vote For Our Coast' in the BC provincial election on May 14th, 2013.
Please note that when it comes to on-line petition signing, there is a system in place to count each person's vote once, even if you sign more than once. And as Emma notes, signing the petition is a first step on a path of being part of the change you wish to see in the world.
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