Give the gift of art and conservation

Notes From The Field: the monthly e-mail update from Raincoast Conservation Foundation


This holiday season give the gift of art and conservation

2012 has been a remarkable year for Raincoast; probably the most productive we have ever had. With your support, our accomplishments this year have ranged from securing our second commercial hunting license to establishing a conservation science lab at the University of Victoria.

The majority of our efforts in 2012, however, have been focused on the biggest challenge we have faced yet – stopping the conversion of BC’s coast to an energy corridor for the shipment of tar sands oil. Raincoast is using art andscience to thwart these ill-conceived oil projects.

On the science (and legal) front, we are utilizing our scientific expertise and submitted evidence to the Northern Gateway Joint Review Panel (JRP) to expose Enbridge’s flawed risk assessment. We recently learned that our role as intervenors in the Northern Gateway review process will continue for many months beyond the original timeline.

Simultaneous to our work at the Northern Gateway JRP, we are building a groundswell of voices outside the review process demanding an end to a Big Oil agenda that would undermine our ecological heritage and future sustainability.

With that goal, and the support of over 50 west coast artists plus an army of incredibly dedicated volunteers, Raincoast launched Art for an Oil-Free Coast.This staggering effort included an artists expedition to the proposed tanker route, a 160-page hard cover book, an eBook, a documentary film, and a 63-piece touring exhibit of stunning original art – all within six months.

More remarkably, the artists have donated their works to support Raincoast’s efforts to stop Northern Gateway.Check out the online auction of these beautiful works of art here.

Our job now is to take this show and its message beyond BC to the oil field cities of Calgary and Edmonton, then across the country to Toronto and Ottawa.

This is a critical moment for our coast. Public opposition to the Enbridge pipeline in BC is at its highest level ever, but the deal is not dead and the coast not yet safe. We need to be heard across the country. This is not a time to quietly let our guard down – it is our chance to push harder, faster, and louder – across the province, across the country, and internationally, to ensure the magnificent BC coast is protected from this impending threat.

But we need you. First, we need your voice to Take Action here. Second, to continue our expanded role in the federal review process and take the Art Exhibition across Canada, your donation is critical. Thank you for your commitment and generous support.For the coast,The Raincoast Team of volunteers, board and staff.Forward this story to a friendforward this email to a friend

Canada Helps

ImageBOOKS AVAILABLE Art for an Oil-Free Coast is now available as a free Book for iPad on iTunes.

Want the hard copy book? They are $45 and selling out fast. Order here.Image


Over 60 pieces of original art can bee seen at the exhibitions. Watch the film, get the book, view the art and bid on your favorite.


Salt Spring – Dec 11-16 Nanaimo – Dec 20-Jan 5


All of the artists’ works have been donated to Raincoast and are up for sale by on-line acution. View the art and bid at


Show GROUNDSWELL or REFLECTIONS to your community group over the holidays. Send an email to screenings [at] raincoast [dot] org 

Raincoast PO Box 2429 Sidney, BC, Canada V8L 3Y3 Photo: Sherry Kirkvold
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Raincoast’s sponsors are as dedicated to an oil-free coast as we are. Thank you to our Art Exhibition sponsors! We couldn’t do ths work without them.

Support our mobile lab, Tracker!

Our new mobile lab will enable the Healthy Waters Program to deliver capacity, learning, and training to watershed-based communities. We need your support to convert the vehicle and equip it with lab instrumentation. This will allow us to deliver insight into pollutants of concern in local watersheds, and contribute to solution-oriented practices that protect and restore fish habitat.

Sam Scott and Peter Ross standing in front of the future mobile lab, which is a grey sprinter van.