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Mojave Going Green

I connected with Paul of Mojave on Twitter. He heard about the NoTankers Loonie campaign, and thought it was really cool. After watching the video clips about the campaign he was even more shocked by what could happen to our coasts if oil tanker traffic is allowed to proceed, and wanted to support the NoTanker loonies to help stop them. SO, we’re going to be giving out decals at Mojave’s show at the Roxy on Tuesday night (Feb 10).

“Mojave is an acoustic duo formed in 2007 from rock roots that now combines folk and classical elements, including the violin in their live shows. Their first album, Stories, was released digitally in order to save on wasteful packaging and tours that have taken them across the border and back have been offset through Tree Canada.

On top of encouraging sustainable lifestyles, the band also donates a portion of their profits to 1% for the Planet and will support a Dogwood InitiativeNoTankers.ca“, during their next show February 10th in Vancouver at The Roxy for “Indie Night in Canada“. … read more.

The NoTanker loonies have been picking up a lot of media attention! Despite the fact that the Royal Canadian Mint has sent a cease and desist order, we’re still moving forward.

“We have been very careful not to deface any coins,” said Campbell. “The Notanker decals can be removed by a flick of the finger and the loonies brought back to their former selves. The same can’t be said of an oil spill on our coast. In a world facing huge risks from global warming the risk of legal sanctions for blackening loonies with oil spill decals seems minor.” ... read more.

See you on Tuesday @ the Roxy!

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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.

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    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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