I’m hoping there’s pretty fluid travel between all the kingdoms for all species, the kids are collectively pretty chill so I’d imagine if citizens wanted multi-planetary travel they’d go ‘oh hell yeah [Space powers]’
Shit are there multiple planets that they’re divided across? It’s been so lng that the technicalities of the plot are all a blur. That would make it more sensible, though if even traditional space travel/radio communication between the planets HADN’T developed in 5000 years that’d be kind of odd.
A group of First Nations plans to launch a slew of legal challenges against the federal government over its approval of the Petronas liquefied natural gas (LNG) project near Prince Rupert, BC.
Calling Justin Trudeau “an outright liar,” Donnie Wesley, the highest ranking hereditary chief of Gitwilgyoots tribe, which has jurisdiction over Lelu Island where the LNG terminal would be built, said the project’s approval on Tuesday was “a slap in the face.”
Wesley told VICE News the federal decision “totally ignored” peer-reviewed, independent science submitted to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency that showed the project would seriously harm the salmon in the Skeena River, the second-largest salmon bearing river in BC, and a significant body of water for First Nations along the river.
“We don’t have a tentative date, but it will be within the 30-day [appeal] period,” Wesley said of his tribe’s legal action. “We’re going to be meeting next week to plan our strategies [and] where we’re going to go with this.”
Wesley’s tribe, along with other First Nation groups and west coast non-profit SkeenaWild, have met with lawyers and are fundraising to apply for judicial review of the decision.
A GoFundMe campaign launched yesterday in support of their legal challenge has raised $3,000 in 19 hours—but Greg Knox, executive director of SkeenaWild, says his group has already raised about $50,000 toward its legal fund, with more fundraising events planned.
“Aboriginal groups and SkeenaWild have been preparing to launch a series of legal actions, and are prepared to go all the way,” the fundraiser states.
“The Skeena Corridor Nations, a powerful group of hereditary leaders from Gitanyow, Lax Kw'alaams, Wet'suwet'en, Gitxsan, Takla, Lake Babine and Haida, are exploring all political and legal options for protecting the Skeena for the long-term.”
“We’ve been preparing for the last year,” Knox said. “Our lawyers are currently preparing to file for judicial reviews.”
Just a day after royals William and Kate visited and trumpeted new protections for the Great Bear Rainforest in B.C., the federal government has announced it’s giving the greenlight to a controversial fossil fuel mega-project that threatens both an ecologically sensitive stretch of the Pacific coast and any chance Canada has of meeting its international climate commitments under the Paris Agreement.
On late Tuesday afternoon in Richmond, B.C., three members of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet announced the approval of a $36-billion liquefied natural gas development by the Malaysian-based multinational corporation Petronas, which would see natural gas moved by pipeline from the province’s northeast to a terminal on the coast, where it would then be exported to Asia.
“Indigenous and traditional knowledge will be integral to environmental monitoring of this project,” said Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr in announcing the approval on the shore of the Fraser River outside a Coast Guard station near Vancouver International Airport. Carr also touted the economic benefits of moving forward with this fossil fuel export project, which is unprecedented in scale for Canada. B.C. Premier Christy Clark spoke after the federal ministers, stating that the approval proves “we can get our resources to market sustainably.”
“The royals were in Bella Bella just yesterday, dedicating the Commonwealth Canopy [a forest conservation initiative]. To announce this LNG approval the day after a huge announcement about protecting the Great Bear Rainforest is a little bit counterintuitive,” Shannon McPhail, executive director of the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition, told Ricochet by phone from Hazelton, B.C.
The Pacific NorthWest LNG project, noted McPhail, would cut through the Great Bear Rainforest to get to the proposed terminal on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert.
“One day you’re touting how important nature is, and the next day you’re approving Canada’s single biggest climate polluter that will have drastic impacts on our second-largest run of salmon. All of this against the hereditary chiefs, by the way.”
Lelu Island, also known as Lax U’u’la, sits next to Flora Bank, a spawning ground vital to the health of the Skeena River ecosystem. Second in Canada only to the Fraser River in the number of sockeye salmon that can be spawned there, the Skeena River hosts a commercial fishery worth over $100 million per year.
There are some hard days in the work to protect and stabilize our climate. Yesterday was one of them.
First, Gavin Schmidt, NASA’s chief climate scientist, confirmed that we have now passed 400 ppm CO2 in the atmosphere and that we will never again drop below that in our lifetimes. Then our new Canadian government approved a massive new gas plant that will become the largest source of carbon pollution in our country.
As I watched our new Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna stand with B.C. Premier Christy Clark and announce the approval of the Petronas LNG plant at the mouth of the Skeena River, I felt heartbroken.
As a lifelong environmental advocate, I am used to seeing good governments make bad decisions - yet this decision really shook me. Some part of me was deeply invested in the hope that this new government, led by a young Prime Minister who marched at the front of the pride parade and who passionately articulates the need for reconciliation with First Nations, was going to do things differently. But this decision makes me truly question their commitment to act on climate change.
I was in Paris at the UN climate summit with Minister Catherine McKenna. I watched her listen to the plight of India, Bangladesh, and the low-lying South Pacific islands states who repeatedly described their massive populations at risk.
I thought I watched her truly grasp what climate change means for the most vulnerable people on our planet. I watched her lead the charge to move the goal of our global climate treaty from a two degree target to a 1.5° target, which was a huge and significant shift. In that moment, I was proud to be a Canadian.
Yesterday I watched the same Catherine McKenna announce the approval of the Petronas liquefied natural gas plant on the west coast of Canada. I don’t understand, how can this be?
Building this plant is the carbon pollution equivalent of putting 1.8 million new cars on the road. By itself, it makes it impossible for BC to hit our already weak climate targets as this plant alone would take up 80 per cent of B.C.’s share of greenhouse gas emissions in 2050. It makes it extremely difficult for Canada to reach the insufficient Harper climate targets that the Trudeau government have now embraced as their own. […]
The Trudeau government has promised to enact a ban on oil tankers in this entire area. So, they are going to ban oil tankers only to flood the region with tankers carrying explosive natural gas. Is this the best we can do?
In Canada, we live in a relatively rich country with a stable democracy. I know that many people working in this Trudeau government understand the global climate challenge facing us - they want to do the right thing. But if this is the best we can do as a rich country led by a progressive government, what does this mean for India, for China, for developing countries who are faced with similar decisions while also trying to lift their people out of poverty and provide enough power for heat and light? Faced with so many pressures, how do they choose between a short-term economic boost and the potentially disastrous long-term impacts of climate change when faced with similar decision? If this is the best Canada can do, what does that mean for other world governments and for our children’s children?
Climate change is the issue that defines this time in history. We are living through a period that will define the future of humanity in a way that no other period has. While our government knows this, they have yet to find a way to reconcile this reality with short term economic and political interests. That is the work that lies ahead.
Four moments last month seemed to make clear how much Justin Trudeau cares about his relationship with Indigenous peoples in this country. On Sept. 12, his government’s lawyers squared off in federal court against two First Nations over the $9-billion Site C dam he green-lit in B.C.’s northeast. Ten days later, fury with his government’s tactics in a fishing dispute pushed the Tla-o-qui-aht to bar the Prime Minister from their territories near Tofino, B.C. Four days after that, Trudeau okayed a $36-billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) project near Prince George, B.C., overriding treaty concerns and fears over potential impacts on a nearby salmon run, the second-largest in the country.
When it comes to relations with Indigenous communities, it’s getting pretty hard to figure out what differentiates this government from the one Stephen Harper ran before it. Harder still is squaring Trudeau with the man Indigenous people met on the campaign trail last year—the guy with the roster of First Nations candidates, making heady promises of a new “nation-to-nation” relationship with Indigenous peoples. No issue, Trudeau said at the time, was more important to him. What a difference 12 months makes.