We're getting ready to Sue Big Oil

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Dear Paov,

This is big! West Coast is hitting the ground running this summer with the launch of our bold new campaign to Sue Big Oil and make polluters pay their fair share of climate costs in BC.

In honour of Indigenous History Month, we're shining a light on some inspiring work to uphold Indigenous laws on the land and water. Across Turtle Island, there is growing recognition and support for Indigenous-led conservation as the most enduring and equitable way to care for nature, sustain livelihoods, and advance reconciliation.

As communities pursue these different paths to environmental protection and justice, we’re filled with more confidence that the challenges we face are being met by people-powered movements. Read on to learn how you can be part of it.

Taxpayers shouldn’t be on the hook for skyrocketing climate costs That’s why we’re excited to share the launch of our new campaign to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for the catastrophic harms caused by their products.

If you’re concerned about climate impacts in your community and want to get involved, check out our brand-new campaign website, sign the Declaration, and join us in building a grassroots movement to Sue Big Oil!
nʔaysnúlaʔxw iʔ k̓̓łluxwnwixwmntət: Declaration of the Ashnola Protected and Conserved Area The sməlqmíx (the syilx people of the Similkameen Valley) are revitalizing their laws and reclaiming their caretaking role through the designation of a new Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area (IPCA) in the nʔaysnúlaʔxʷ (Ashnola) watershed.

The Declaration of the Ashnola IPCA benefits all who rely on its pure, cold waters in the face of climate change and water scarcity. Learn more about the journey of establishing this IPCA, including a multi-year partnership with our RELAW program.
Centering Indigenous leadership in oceans and fisheries benefits us all Negative impacts are rippling throughout the ocean as a result of excluding Indigenous knowledge and expertise from marine governance. The colonial approach to fisheries management and conservation clearly isn't working – it’s time for something different.

We highlight four success stories of Indigenous fisheries management that illustrate why recognizing Indigenous leadership is essential to recovery.
Marine protected areas are central to our blue economy Rebuilding a healthy blue economy on the coast means ensuring healthy oceans and the sustainable use of resources – and marine protected areas (MPAs) can help.

Alessia Kockel and Staff Lawyer Erin Gray explore the economic benefits of MPAs to fisheries, tourism, jobs, and why ocean protection is worth the investment.
More new faces at West Coast Please welcome Ashley Haines, our Community Outreach Coordinator who will be helping us activate community members around West Coast’s initiatives this summer.

Next, say hello to Articled Student Navjot Jassar, who will be working on collaborative legal projects with our RELAW team.
We’re hiring a Director of Development Calling all fundraising superstars!

We have an exciting opportunity for a strong, values-aligned fundraiser to lead our dynamic Development team and oversee West Coast’s major fundraising plans and goals.

Know anyone who fits the bill? See the full job posting here. Applications are open until filled.

The generosity of donors like you allows West Coast Environmental Law to produce bold, people-powered campaigns like Sue Big Oil – as well as develop other legal solutions that protect the waters, land, air and biodiversity that we all share. Please consider making a small donation today to support our work. A gift of any size goes a long way.

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