Thursday, May 17, 2012

Sierra Club BC Nanaimo Group Kick-Off

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"Black Wave - The Legacy of the Exxon-Valdez"
June 3, 2012 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
VIU Building 200, Room 203
FREE Screening
Everyone is invited to this free public event!

Screening of the award-winning, Canadian-made documentary, "Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez" followed by a discussion with Sierra Club BC's, Caitlyn Vernon, who will speak about the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan pipelines and supertanker traffic.

The proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker traffic expansion pose a serious threat to Vancouver Island's beaches and waters as well as B.C.'s Great Bear Rainforest, home of the Kermode "Spirit" bear. This rainforest represents 25 per cent of the earth’s remaining ancient coastal temperate rainforests. An oil spill in B.C. waters would change our coast forever and alter B.C.'s economy and lifestyle.

"Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez" examines the aftermath of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil tanker spill in Alaska. Over two decades later, the oil is still there, lingering just below the surface. People and wildlife are suffering from life-threatening illnesses and the fishing industry has still not recovered.

This is also the kick-off event forming a local Sierra Club BC group in Nanaimo. Whether you are interested in joining a group or not, come and learn how an oil spill on our coast would impact you and your family.

Refreshments and discussion to follow.


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