Sierra Club Blog Posts
Last Thursday, the RCMP launched a military style raid on a peaceful, though illegal, blockade of a compound containing “thumper” seismic testing trucks (used to search for the presence oil/natural gas below the surface). These thumper trucks have been operating on the territory of the Mi'kmaq of Elsipogtog First Nation in search of fracking opportunities.
The Mi'kmaq have objected to the presence of SWN—a Houston, Texas-based energy company—due to absence of consultation. This goes back several months when they first began protests against SWN trespassing on their territory.
Anyone who is a part of the movement to keep tar sands bitumen (the unconventional oil found in Alberta) out of Ontario and needs a little inspiration should take a walk down Gerrard Street, east of Woodbine Avenue, in Toronto.
As Gerrard winds it way east up a slight hill, red and black lawn signs suddenly begin to appear in front of houses on the left and right. Printed on the signs is the following:
Stop Line 9 – Protect Our Community from Tar Sands Oil Spills
The dozen or so “Stop Line 9” lawn signs on Gerrard put a smile on my face every time I see them. They also give me hope that preventing Ontario from becoming a tar sands pipelines corridor is possible.... Read more »
In recent months we have endured incredible tropical-equatorial-like torrential rain events occurring at mid-latitudes across the planet. For example, in North America we experienced intense rainfall in the Banff region of the Rockies from June 19th to 24th and the enormous volume of water moved downhill through the river systems taking out small towns and running into the heart of Calgary where it caused $5.3 billion dollars of infrastructure damage; the largest in Canadian history.... Read more »
First, I want to thank you for signing our petition to #SaveTheBees. Over 4400 Canadians signed the petition, so know you are not alone in your concern. Please also know we are doing everything we can to raise public awareness - we won’t stop until we win a ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides.
There is a lot to report as much has happened since Sierra Club Canada called for a ban in May.... Read more »
PEOPLE OF KINGSTON BEWARE!
There are alerts of a disaster occurring just north of Kingston along Unity Road. Local residents appear to have been overwhelmed by a terrible flood of tar sands oil!
All have been mutated into what can only be called… BITUMEN ZOMBIES!!... Read more »
President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America
Dear President Obama,
We learned late Friday that Prime Minister Harper has written to you with an offer of reducing Tar Sands emissions in exchange for your approval of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Please know that the majority of Canadians support strong action on greenhouse gas emissions and want to prevent runaway climate change. Unfortunately, the Prime Minister represents the interests of multi-national oil companies, not Canadians.... Read more »
MESSAGE FROM SHIRLEY DOUGLAS, OC
JULY 16, 2013
On a beautiful summer’s day – August 6th, 1945, I was at Carlyle Lake, Saskatchewan with my mother and father. I was eleven years old. We heard on the radio that a bomb like no others had been dropped on Hiroshima. The news dribbled in all day. “One bomb flattened the city…killed thousands of people, animals, all living things,” we were told by the voice on the radio. Aside from that, no one knew anything.... Read more »
It's summer and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy Canada’s majestic parks and wilderness areas!
When I was a kid, I used get up early on Saturday mornings, pack a lunch and head to the creek! That was my wilderness area where I forded rivers, climbed trees & scaled cliffs. You see I was an explorer, or maybe that day I was a soldier or some other heroic figure I saw on TV the night before. Down by the creek I was free and could be anything I wanted for a few hours every Saturday…until they built the golf course, that is.... Read more »
By John Bennett
Remember back in the day when a friend would send you a mixed-tape? Well here’s mine…
I didn’t know it then, but I had taken the first leg of a lifelong road trip. The bush, the flat prairie, the foot hills, mountains and the coast…I saw it all that summer (Hitchin’A Ride ♫).... Read more »
By Paul Beckwith
On March 23, 2013, I made the following prediction:
“For the record—I do not think that any sea ice will survive this summer. An event unprecedented in human history is today, this very moment, transpiring in the Arctic Ocean.
The cracks in the sea ice that I reported in my Sierra blog and elsewhere have spread. Worse news is at this very moment the entire sea ice sheet (or about 99 percent of it) covering the Arctic Ocean is on the move (clockwise), and the thin, weakened icecap has literally begun to tear apart.
This is abrupt climate change in real-time.