We are a small but mighty NGO with a mission to stand with Indigenous Peoples to fund legal challenges. In Canada, Indigenous Peoples hold some of the most powerful environmental rights in the world — but only if they can afford to uphold them. We are proud to be partering with nations who are taking on some of the biggest, dirties industries on the planet. They need and deserve our support so they can go up against companies and governments with very deep pockets.
Going forward, this year is big for Beaver Lake Cree Nation vs. the Tarsands. This tiny nation is arguing that their treaty rights are being violated by rampant expansion of the oil sands (also known as the tar sands) in their traditional territory. Facing polluted water, desecrated wilderness and hunting grounds with dwindling animal populations, the Beaver Lake Cree are saying “enough” to Big Oil. We are preparing for trial and a date will be set soon (the lawyers tell us it may be set for as soon as Nov/Dec 2017). The Beaver Lake Cree Nation just launched 5 research projects needed for evidence – all due by September. And they have document discovery, oral evidence from elders, and mapping still to cover.
As well, this year we expect a judgment on the Pull Together hearings from Federal Court of Appeal. Pull Together brings together 8 First Nations in an unprecedented alliance to stop the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Whichever way the Federal Court ruling goes, there will be leave sought for a Supreme Court of Canada hearing. The same goes for Treaty 8 First Nations’ legal actions to stop the Site C Dam, a giant hydroelectric project in BC’s northeast that is being built to power fracking and tar sands expansion.
And the Tsilhqot’in First Nation are back in court – to push back against Taseko Mines Ltd’s third attempt to put a tailings pond beside their sacred lake, Tezan Biny. They are fighting judicial reviews over the second rejection of the New Prosperity gold/copper mine. We’re waiting on court dates for that – will be later this year.
As always, we appreciate your support! RAVEN is now 7 – and looking ahead another 7 years, we hope to see some important legal precedents set that benefit First Nations for many more generations to come.
Thank you for all that you do for people, and the planet.
All the best,
Susan Smitten, Executive Director
RAVEN (Respecting Aboriginal Values & Environmental Needs)
The event was a great success and there’s already talks of doing one next year!
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Here is the camping trip schedule for the Spring of 2016:
April 29-May 1 – San Joaquin River Gorge
Family camping in the threatened San Joaquin River Gorge northeast of Fresno. We’ll explore the river gorge recommended by the BLM for Wild & Scenic River protection and discuss the threat proposed by the expensive, unneeded, and destructive Temperance Flat Dam.
May 13-15 – Merced Wild River and Potential Devil Gulch Wilderness
Family camping in a BLM campground on the Merced Wild & Scenic River near Mariposa. We’ll hike downstream to view a segment of the river and the surrounding Merced River Wilderness Study Area threatened by the proposed expansion of McClure Reservoir. We’ll also hike the Hite Cove Trail along the South Fork Merced Wild River into the potential Devil Gulch Wilderness.
May 28-30 – Kings River
Family camping in the beautiful Kings River Special Management Area in the Sierra Nevada foothills about 1.5-2 hours east of Fresno. We’ll hike the Kings River National Recreation Trail along a segment of the Kings River eligible for National Wild & Scenic River protection, and explore a potential addition to the Monarch Wilderness.
June 10-12 – Kern Plateau
Family camping in Horse Meadow Campground on the beautiful Kern Plateau, northeast of Kernville. We’ll explore potential additions to the Domeland Wilderness and hike along Salmon Creek, a potential Wild & Scenic River.
June 24-26 – Eastern Sierra and Glass Mountain
Family camping near beautiful Lee Vining Creek, a potential Wild & Scenic River. We’ll visit a potential addition to the Ansel Adams Wilderness and hike in the potential Glass Mountain Wilderness.]]>
This is vital step for passage of the legislation–and one we need to thank Senator Boxer for advocating.
Please sign onto this letter thanking Sen. Boxer for her work and asking for her to keep pushing for the passage of the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act.]]>
The local stewardship society has had a very productive three year period and will have a major presence at this year’s conference. We are hosting a scientific session titled “Bringing Communities Together to Embark on Major Estuarine Restoration”. The following presentations will be made by Project Watershed:
In addition to these oral presentations, Project Watershed will present two posters on aspects of our kelp restoration and blue carbon work. This will take place on April 14th.
On Friday, April 15th, the Society’s Blue Carbon team will facilitate a Blue Carbon Workshop for the conference participants. The Discussion leaders include Paul Horgen, Board Chair, Christine Hodgson, retired NIC Biologist, Angela Spooner M.Sc. Royal Roads University, Royann Petrell, Professor Emeritus UBC, and Will Hintz, Professor Biological Sciences, University of Victoria. We will present ideas and results regarding mapping, core sediment sampling and carbon analysis, a new and exciting observation on shoreline burial of eelgrass, and a very sensitive new DNA forensic approaches to monitor where the eelgrass detritus is found.
“This is a huge opportunity for our organization to talk about our stewardship of the estuary and our cutting edge work on blue carbon” suggests Paul Horgen, Board Chair.
Project Watershed’s mission is to promote community stewardship of Comox Valley Watersheds through education, information and action. To contribute to projects like these please support the work of Project Watershed.]]>
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QueenBee here! Glad to connect with you as we move full steam into Spring!!!!! I like the title of our 2016 Earth Day Challenge, “Sustainable Isn’t Just a Word.” When I picked this title, I wanted people to know that preserving the environment really is you taking small steps, as often as you can. These actions cumulatively make a difference to your family, your home, your community, your state, your country, and your planet. So, while you are reading this piece, think of the one thing you could change right now that would save the bees, preserve real food for your family, or shift your little coer of the Earth for the good? Remember your first inspiration; taking that one action could literally change your world!
I read this great article in Live Science about Earth Day. Did you know that:
[t]he first Earth Day was in 1970. Nelson, after seeing the damage done by a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Califoia, was inspired to organize a national “teach-in” that focused on educating the public about the environment.
And, I have to tell you that walking our talk and sharing what we’ve leaed is right up the Home Team’s alley.
That’s why Machaelle Small Wright’s (http://perelandra-ltd.com), one of my long-time mentors, Voldemort Challenge is a great fit for us!!! Let’s talk about what the challenge is and how we can meet this challenge together.
In Machaelle’s own words:
[T]he comprehensive IPCC report (Intergovemental Panel on Climate Change, the U.N.-sponsored expert panel on climate change) that was released on 3/31/14 has shown that the environmental situation is down-spiraling at a rate far faster than previously predicted. Over the year since that report came out, the deterioration that conceed scientists has continued but at a much faster rate than they thought was possible.
Machaelle goes on to say:
The picture it [the IPCC Report] presents is too large and it’s difficult to wrap our minds around it in any kind of practical or meaningful way. I read a poll that, at first, was disturbing to me. It showed that the majority of those polled did not want to hear anything — not one more thing — about global warming or climate change. They said that they just ignore all that stuff. I call this the “Voldemort Syndrome.”
But, Machaelle then shares what’s important to every member of the Bee Wild family:rn
By wide margins, [people] cared deeply about air pollution in their area, the quality of food they eat, the water quality and what comes out of their taps, water conservation, and the problems and high cost of fossil fuel. Eight major environmental issues were listed in the poll and in each case their conces and interest not only polled high but their interest had increased over the past year. They care about what they can immediately see, feel, touch, taste and hear in their lives.
So instead of just waiting for govements and corporations to wake up to how we are effected by environmental shifts, she’s suggesting that we take the power to change things for the better into our hands. That is the Voldemort Earth Day Challenge.
Since Bee Wild is committed to saving the bees, preserving the real food option, and creating more sustainability, we meet the Voldemort Earth Day Challenge every day:
Did you think of the one small step you could take to make your current environment a better place? Was it something you did in your home? in your garden or yard? at your office? in your community? We’d love to hear from you and post your stories and pictures of how you met the Voldemort Earth Day Challenge. If you need some help with ideas, you can look at these: http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/Earth-Day-Ideas-W6838C736.aspx.One easy thing you can do right now to Save The Bees is Shop for A Cause with Bee Wild. As we said earlier, 1% of every sale we make goes to 1% For the Planet to Save the Bees and support environmental causes. Also, please look for our newsletter. We are offering our customers FREE SHIPPING over the Earth Day Weekend, Code: “Earthday”.]]>
The event, sponsored by Anacostia Watershed Society, will feature music, food, and informative, interactive displays by a number of environmental organizations, including RAE! For more information, visit: http://www.anacostiaws.org/earthday2016/
Earth-lovers are further encouraged to participate in a series of cleanups around DC that morning, also hosted by AWS. Information on those can also be found via the link above.
For more information on Restore America’s Estuaries, the ways we work to protect America’s vital bays, estuaries, and coastal areas, or how you can support us, please visit www.estuaries.org or contact Lance Speidell at lspeidell (at) estuaries (dot) org.]]>
100% of the proceeds benefit Keep A Breast’s Traveling Education Booth.
Click here for tickets to the first annual Brewbies in the Bay!!
Brewbies began in 2010 bringing together the ever growing craft beer community with Keep A Breast Foundation. For more information about Brewbies and its history click here.
Starting in 2016, hunters on the ranch will be strongly encouraged to make the switch from ammunition containing lead to 100% non-lead. In 2017, the use of non-lead ammunition will be required. The reasons for this are multifold:
For these reasons, and for the reasons sited in numerous other studies, the Woodson Ranch is encouraging all hunters to consider using non-lead ammunition alternatives. The price of a pure copper bullet may, in some calibers, be a little more expensive in dollars, but the price of lead consumption is measured in more than just dollars: human and wildlife safety are priceless.
Woodson Ranch’s mission includes the protection of wildlife habitat as well as the responsible management of private lands; this move away from lead is consistent with this aspect of our mission and with the objective of educating the public on reasonable alternatives to current practices in need of improvement. Our website is: rubyhabitat.org.
For more information or to provide feedback, feel free to email Woodson Ranch’s Outreach Coordinator, Dave Delisi, at email@example.com]]>