Save BC Coast – One Loonie At a Time

Photo credit: Richard Vignola on Flickr

In typical Emily fashion – I’ve found a(nother) passion! I’ve always been a fan of BC’s beautiful coast line – kayaking in the Broken Island Group and studying the tide-pools around Bamfield. Coastal northern BC, especially Haida Gwaii, is on the top of my to-go list.

In the fall I went to a presentation about the impact of the Alberta Tar Sands on BC. Very insightful presentation – I was totally clueless to the plans of major pipelines being built to connect the Tar Sands to our coastal ports. I also was not aware that Prime Minister Harper has decided to ignore a  37 year old moratorium on oil tanker traffic in BC coastal waters – the only thing stopping MAJOR oil tanker traffic from Asia slurping up Tar Sands oil. Hmmmm….

5 Reasons to Stop Tar Sands Tankers on Our Coast:

1. The certainty of oil spills

Oil spills are a matter of when and how large, not IF. At a rate of two to three tankers a week, industry averages suggest a ‘major’ spill of over 10,000 barrels every 16 years.

2. The impossible clean up

In ideal conditions the oil industry considers a 15% clean-up of spills a success, a target they have never actually achieved.

3. The local ecology

The tanker routes pass approximately 605 salmon spawning rivers, orca feeding grounds and the habitat of over 20 threatened and endangered species.

4. Jobs and communities

An oil spill would devastate the coastal communities and First Nations that rely on tourism and fishing for their livelihoods

5. Global warming

Oil tankers in BC are to facilitate the massive projected expansion of the Alberta Tar Sands, the single largest contributor to the growth of Canada’s global warming causing emissions.

Learn more…

    These decals ARE LEGAL because they stick by friction not 'sticky' stuff.

These decals ARE LEGAL because they stick by friction not 'sticky' stuff.

So what to do? Superman-esk cape flapping in the coastal breeze, the Dogwood Initiative is here! With a WICKED campaign lined up to launch in early February – I’ve got the inside scoop*. They’re distributing No Tanker decals that turn the loon and water on our one dollar coins black with ‘oil’.

The goal: 1,000,000 NoTanker loonies in circulation to get people talking about the threat of the Tar Sands oil in BC, and supporting the moratorium that Harper is ignoring.

Where can I find the NoTanker decals?

Once you’ve got the decals, stick them on every loonie you’ve got! Register your No Tanker loonie sightings, spend them, give them to friends, and then order more decals! OH! Don’t forget to sign the petition.

I’m hosting a Loonie party soon, and I can hook you up with the supplies to do the same – pretty easy, all you need are decals and friends! Who doesn’t love sticker parties?

If you’re a business, and you’re interested in sponsoring the No Tanker Loonies, let me know. It a pretty sweet deal – you’ll be featured on the No Tankers website, put on the interactive map, and caught up in all the media buzz this campaign will create. Did I mention the decals are totally cheap?

* I’m the volunteer coordinator for Vancouver. Contact me if you’d like to host a Loonie Party, or you own a business that would like to sponsor the No Tanker Loonies – emily at urbanwren dot com

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5 responses to “Save BC Coast – One Loonie At a Time

  1. hey – that’s a great idea. let me know the details of the party when you’ve got em. or if you want, we can even give some out at our next show (we’re playing at the roxy feb 10).

  2. pv

    As an active member of the “Stephen Harper is the Biggest Tool in the Universe” club, and for the many other good reasons stated, I pledge my decal’d support. Kudos, and kudos again.

  3. Of course, the decals are a form of waste —
    though perhaps justifiable waste.

    Personally, I’d have to look into the Dogwood Initiative more before making a call.

    The decal certainly is a creative approach; I think people would pause for a moment to glance at it (if they happened to even notice the decal). I wonder how long the decals usually stay on the loonies though.

    • urbanwren

      Totally good point Toban – I still feel pangs of guilt and visions of loons choking on the decals that torment me…. however, I think that the big picture here is that we’re trying to make sure that a lot of incredible BC coastline is not destroyed by oil spills.
      The creative aspect is attracting a lot of media attention (see link below), and that is a major component of this campaign. We want as many people as possible to hear about it, get engaged, sign the petition, and in the end: keep the moratorium.

      media coverage: http://www.dogwoodinitiative.org/media-centre/news-stories

  4. Pingback: Loonie Party to support No Tankers Campaign | Rocks and Water

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