Earth Day for an Oil-Free Coast

Conservation Update Top BannerRobert Bateman painting - Calvert Island Eagle

Robert Bateman headlines Sidney Earth Day Event

Raincoast is working to inform communities about the risk to the Salish Sea from Kinder Morgan’s proposed tar sands pipeline and oil tanker project. For Earth Day 2014 we’ve teamed up with the Sierra Club BC to bring you an evening of inspiration and entertainment. Hear renowned artist Robert Bateman, Chief Vern Jacks of the Tseycum First Nation, biologist Andy Rosenberger of Raincoast and Sierra Club campaigner Caitlyn Vernon.

Earth Day for an Oil-Free Coast Event Details

6-9pm, April 22, 2014, at the Mary Winspear Centre, Sidney
Admission by Donation

A future for the southern resident killer whales?

Raincoast has been accepted as an intervenor in the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan’s proposal. One focus of our evidence will be the southern resident killer whale population. Kinder Morgan’s own assessment identifies the potential impact on killer whales from tanker traffic to be “high magnitude, high probability and significant”.

Our evidence to the panel will include a population viability analysis of the southern residents. This will assess the likelihood of their survival given increasing noise and disturbance from shipping, food supply and contaminant stress, and heightened oil spill risk. The need for an updated viability assessment highlights the sobering fact we could lose these whales. Even without an oil spill, these 82 whales face an uphill battle. Raincoast has an international team of experts lined up to help us carry out our assessment. We currently stand $20,000 short of the funding required to carry out this work.

Help support this project by donating now.

Are you directly affected?

Directly Affected documentary trailer imageMany Canadians recently received notification from the NEB that they could not participate in the Kinder Morgan review. To lend those who have been excluded from the review process a voice, Raincoast is collaborating with two Vancouver film makers on a documentary called ‘Directly Affected, Voices for our Coast’. The story will celebrate our shared cultural connections to the Salish Sea and the wide spectrum of people working to protect it.


Please take a look at our pitch and vote to help us tell this important story.


Orcas Swimming

Become a Raincoaster

Giving to Raincoast enables you to protect what you love most.

For 25 years, Raincoast has been furthering biodiversity conservation in BC. Thanks to your generous donations, among many other accomplishments, we have been able to end commercial trophy hunting of large carnivores in over 38,000 square kilometers of the Great Bear Rainforest, begin acquiring forest land in order to protect threatened Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems, aid recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales by restoring Chinook salmon habitat, and establish a university research lab dedicated to applied conservation science. Strong partnerships are integral to our success.

Our efforts need to be maintained and advanced, now more than ever. As the biodiversity and climate crises collide, your support allows us to continue to make tangible conservation gains. 

Biodiversity protection is the most important gift we can give the next generation. Join us as a Raincoaster today!