December 13 2022. Fairy Creek trials continue. BC lakes continue to be invasive mussel-free. Seymour River old growth faces logging threat.



Bari Precious in Nanaimo has for months been supporting Fairy Creek Old Growth defenders going through court. She has an amazing story about the twists, turns and police violence in Canada’s largest civil disobedience protest in a century.

Good news from the Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society:  all the work to keep invasive mussels out of BC waters is paying off and our lakes are still invasive-mussel-free.

The mountains of the BC Interior still have whole valleys full of old growth and logging companies are still going after them.  Eddie Petryshyn from Wildsight in Kimberly tells us about some of this forest north of Revelstoke.

Canada announces goal of protecting 30 per cent of lands and waters by 2030. Is protection enough?


The NARWHAL has a great piece from Sarah Cox about how BC continues to fail to protect forests, including the inland temperate rain forest.

Find out more about the Last Stand campaign to protect forests and donate here:

The Central Kootenay Invasive Species Society

ENVIRONMENT NEWS December 13 2022

The world’s biggest fossil companies, many of them operating in Canada, approved new oil and gas projects in 2021 and early 2022 that will blow through a 1.5°C limit on average global warming, according to new analysis released late last week by the Carbon Tracker Initiative.

The results show that investors “cannot credibly own financial interests in companies that continue to invest in new conventional oil and gas projects” if they want their holdings to align with a 1.5°C climate future, the London, UK-based think tank concludes in its 43-page report, titled Paris Maligned.


As liquefied natural gas (LNG) interests press for political support, British Columbia Premier David Eby must double down on his acknowledgement that any further fossil buildout will sink the province’s climate goals, the president of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says, in an op ed co-published with other leading climate advocates.

Eby was correct when he used the occasion of his first post-leadership campaign speech to declare that “we cannot continue to expand fossil fuel infrastructure and hit our climate goals,” Grand Chief Stewart Phillip writes in the Vancouver Sun. Now, the first test of that commitment will be Eby’s decision on the proposed Tilbury LNG project in Delta.

Phillip, along with co-authors representing the Wilderness Committee, the Climate Emergency Unit, My Sea to Sky, Dogwood B.C., Stand.Earth, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the B.C. Sierra Club, is urging the premier to turn down Tilbury, and every other new LNG project looking for provincial support and dollars. That includes Enbridge’s request for a permit extension for its proposed  Westcoast Connector pipeline, as well as the Woodfibre LNG project’s request for further provincial subsidies.


A coalition has called upon world leaders to protect primary forests as part of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework at the 15th Conference of Parties (COP15) in Montreal.

Primary Forest Alliance (PFA) has demanded a moratorium on industrial development in primary forests across the globe. The woods are irreplaceable ecosystems that protect most of the planet’s terrestrial species and its largest terrestrial carbon stocks.

A trillion dollars are spent every year subsidising extractive industries, said Cyril Kormos, member of PFA and executive director of non-profit project Wild Heritage. Less than 3 per cent of climate funding is, however, spent on forests and even less on primary ones.


A recently published fully referenced report “The Nature of Business: Corporate influence over the Convention on Biological Diversity and the Global Biodiversity Framework” exposes the strategies and tactics used by corporate actors in the Montreal conference. The many business coalitions and their members, and the greenwashing proposals they come up with, are also explained in detail.

The participation of big business in the Convention reveals a fundamental conflict of interest: how could the most important contributors to biodiversity loss – the same companies that must pay dividends to their shareholders – promote the radical transformation we need? Would they accept a diminished operating space and thus reduced income?

The simple answer is no; they don’t. And the impact of corporate influence on the Biodiversity Convention COP15 can already be seen in the draft Global Biodiversity Framework. Far from being transformative, it fails to address unsustainable production methods and allows for “business as usual”.


Research firm BloombergNEF gave Canada a new high rating in its annual global ranking of battery-producing countries. According to BloombergNEF Canada’s battery development is ahead of everyone else except for China.

The survey ranked 30 countries with a significant presence in the industry, from mining of raw materials to the production of batteries and their component parts.

But Canada has announced more than C$15 billion in investments over the past 10 months in areas ranging from critical mineral mining and processing to battery component manufacturing, electric vehicle production, and the country’s first gigafactory.


Climate denial on Twitter went full-throttle in 2022, leaving a growing number of climate scientists and activists torn between their desire to exit the increasingly toxic media platform and the urgent need to continue speaking about climate change in public forums.

Recent analysis commissioned by The Times of London found that Twitter became a veritable firehose of climate denial in 2022, spewing out some 850,000 tweets or retweets over the last year, compared to 650,000 in 2021 and 220,000 in 2020, reports The Verge.

“Climate denial on Twitter was already a dumpster fire; now, it’s as if it had a litre of gas thrown on it,” climate scientist KatharineHayhoe told The Times, which commissioned the University of London study.

Looming large is the hashtag #ClimateScam, currently Twitter’s top climate-related search result.

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