Category Archives: Activism

First Nations don’t want the Enbridge pipeline

First nations speak for themselves on pipelines proposed to link the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat on BC’s coast. See more at the Vancouver Sun.

spOIL – A must watch video

Back in 2009, we visited and photographed in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

Spirit Bear Trapeze

The following year, the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) did a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) in the Great Bear Rainforest. They teamed up with Pacific Wild, the Gitga’at First Nation and others to bring awareness to the fact that large companies, such as Enbridge, want to build a pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta to the BC coast town of Kitimat. From there oil tankers will have to zig zag through one of the most ecologically sensitive area on the planet to take this oil to Asian markets. These mega tankers will have to navigate a number of 90-degree turns, just begging for trouble and an oil spill that could wreck total destruction of this pristine environment.

A new documentary film called “spOIL” talks about the Great Bear Rainforest and the plans to build the pipeline. It won “Best Environmental Film” at the Vancouver International Mountain film Festival 2011. You can now watch it on Vimeo.

On May 2,2011, Canadians elected a majority Conservative government. There certainly is serious concern that the Harper government will allow the mega tankers to sail through this highly sensitive eco-system. If you reside in Canada, make your voice be heard  and that you don’t want this pipeline to happen.

Take action to protect the Great Bear Rainforest here.

And more from the Sierra Club BC here

Documentary – The Cove

The CoveMore by accident then by design, the other night we watched the documentary called The Cove. It just so happens that it won the 2009 OSCAR for Best Feature Documentary. The movie is about a team of activists, film makers and freedivers that go and investigate the “tradition” of hunting dolphins in a cove in Taiji, Japan. It is a story that will stay with you for a long time.

Did you know that approximately 20,000 dolphins are killed each year in Japan? The documentary shows how this is being done in this small seaside village in Japan. The fishermen initially round up the dolphins. Then some of these dolphins are sold to trainers that train up the dolphins to then be sold to dolphinariums or swim-with-dolphins programs. The rest of the dolphins are simply slaughtered and sold for meat!

Be warned, it is a difficult movie to watch but we need to watch it so people can take action. There are various ways to take action:

Start by watching the movie

Take part in the campaign.

Join a Save Japan Dolphins.

Spread the word to your friends, family, school, workmates.

Thank you.