Parents for Climate (Victoria)
Greetings from Parents 4 Climate!
We have so many amazing events and actions you may be interested in! You can find out more by checking out our monthly updates here. Thank you for doing whatever you can to help fight for our children’s future. If this list still doesn't give you enough to satisfy your “gotta get involved” motto….visit For Our Kids!
P4C is very deeply grateful to live, work and play on the unceded territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.
November Actions to Fight Climate Change
1. Frack Free BC Protest and Rally
Saturday November 18, 10 am - 1 pm
Lekwungen Territory, Victoria Conference Centre
Join Parents4climate, Dogwood, Wilderness Committee and many more outside the BC NDP’s convention in Victoria to call on the party to abandon its support for fossil fuel extraction and end fracking in the province. Look for the big blue Parents4climate Banner!
But FIRST - Watch FREE virtual screening of Fracking the Peace - Friday November 17!
Fracking the Peace tells the stories of the people living on Treaty 8 territory in northeastern British Columbia (B.C.) whose daily lives, health, and environment have been forever changed by fracking.
And then plan to Join the rally outside the Victoria Conference Centre at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 18 to show the BC NDP that British Columbians expect them to take climate action seriously — and end fossil fuel expansion!
Whether you can or can not make it to the rally please sign Stop LNG from Fueling Climate Chaos.
2. Old Growth Update and Photos from our September 18th Action
Some good news:
A first-of-its-kind $1 billion Tripartite Framework Agreement on Nature Conservation has been signed by British Columbia (B.C.), the Canadian federal government, and Indigenous leaders with the goal of preserving biodiversity, protecting species and ecosystems at risk, and fighting climate change. This deal includes up to $500 million from both the federal and B.C. governments over eight years to meet conservation goals and protect 30% of land and water by 2030.
$50 million of this funding will also be allocated to protect old growth forest across B.C., and it comes on the heels of another major funding announcement: the $300-million Conservation Financing Mechanism to protect old growth and create protected areas in B.C.. The province is providing $150-million, which is being matched by the B.C. Parks Foundation for Indigenous-led stewardship and protection for important ecological areas with valuable old growth.
These are encouraging steps towards addressing the 14 recommendations of the Old Growth Strategic Review, and towards the protection of endangered species including the spotted owl and woodland caribou that rely on old growth habitats for survival.
However, no amount of funding will protect a forest once it has already been logged, and in October the province confirmed with the Penticton Herald that old growth logging had actually increased since 2020. The effectiveness of this agreement will be determined by accountability, collaboration, and immediate meaningful action. Let's keep the pressure for protection going!
Some not so good news:
Stand.earth just released analysis from old growth monitoring tool, Forest Eye, showing that more than half of the most at-risk old growth areas in B.C. – where the provincial government should have implemented emergency logging bans two years ago – have now been destroyed.1
Big industry players like Canfor, West Fraser and Sinclar Group are the culprits that have been predominantly benefitting from this destruction. What used to be millions of hectares of some of the most biodiverse, life-filled forest ecosystems on the planet, are today some of the most fragmented and devastated landscapes.
This damning evidence shows that there’s no time to waste – decision-makers must act now to save what’s left. With a provincial election coming up in B.C., we have a huge opportunity to leverage Forest Eye, along with recent funding announcements for forest conservation, to secure old growth protections.
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P4C is part of the forourkids national network of people taking climate action on behalf of out children.
P4C has also members of the international group ourkidsclimate.org