Canada's proposed emissions cap, explained

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Dear Paov,

September is a jam-packed month for environmental and climate action.

With BC municipal elections around the corner, provincial and federal governments seeking your input on key environmental policies, and activists around the world gearing up for Friday’s Global Climate Strike, we’re sharing ways to get involved in our work and help secure a healthy, sustainable future.

Don’t worry if you’ve been too busy to catch it all – we’re here to keep you up to speed. Let’s make this moment count!

Help secure a strong, ambitious oil and gas emissions cap Right now, the federal government is seeking feedback on establishing a cap on oil and gas sector emissions, as part of national efforts to meet our 2030 climate target and achieve net-zero by 2050. Read our latest blog by Staff Lawyer Anna Johnston outlining five key elements of a strong cap that will best ensure that the industry does its fair share.

Then, use our handy action tool to tell Environment and Climate Change Canada why you support this key climate policy!
Protecting the wonders of the Great Bear Sea A new marine protected area (MPA) network in the Great Bear Sea / Northern Shelf Bioregion could be a game-changer for coastal and ocean health. And after years of planning, this unique initiative is finally launching consultations to help shape the future of the MPA network. We'll keep you updated on how to get involved.

In case you missed it, our new video illustrates the beauty of the Great Bear Sea and why it’s an ecological treasure worth protecting. You can also explore the area virtually through this interactive map co-produced by CPAWS-BC, along with West Coast and other allies.
UBCM passes resolutions advocating for a BC law for ecosystem health We are thrilled that resolutions in support of a new BC law for biodiversity and ecosystem health have been passed by local government leaders at the 2022 Union of BC Municipalities Convention.

A new biodiversity law could help turn the tide on decades of harmful cumulative impacts in BC and put us on a path to long-term community and ecological resilience. Want to know more? We dive into three case studies across BC that show why this law is needed now.
Say hello to our new Articling Law Student Shawna Smith is a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Joint Canadian Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders program at UVic.

At West Coast, they’ll be supporting both our Access to Justice and RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water) teams, and we are lucky to have them! See Shawna’s full bio here.
The deadline to apply for our RELAW 2022/23 Co-learning Program has now been extended to Wednesday, September 28th. You don’t want to miss out on this inspiring opportunity!

Head to our website to learn more and to download the Expression of Interest form. Please email RELAW Program Manager Rayanna Seymour-Hourie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions and/or submissions.

West Coast Environmental Law is a non-profit that depends on people like you. Please make a donation to support our work today. Your gift will allow us to continue protecting the environment through the law. Together, we can transform the legal landscape.

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