BC Local Government Candidates Pledge to Sue Big Oil

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The candidates who want to represent you on Council and Regional District Boards are vying for election, and one critical issue is how will they protect you from climate change – both from its impacts and from the costs that our communities will need to pay due to the world’s ongoing addiction to fossil fuels. […]

This election raise your voice (and vote) for climate

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On October 15th we need to elect climate leaders in BC’s local government elections – leaders willing to grapple with the challenges of how to keep our communities safe from climate change. We’re relying on you to raise these important questions with the candidates in the election. It’s crucial that those elected know that their […]

Say it loud and proud on social media: British Columbians support a lawsuit against Big Oil

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Vancouver’s ‘Sue Big Oil’ decision last month generated some loud controversy. The motion was passed in a 6-5 decision, with councillors agreeing to allocate $1 per resident towards a future class action lawsuit by local governments against major fossil fuel companies for the costs of climate change. The historic decision was covered in local and international news […]

HISTORIC WIN: Vancouver votes to fund climate lawsuit against Big Oil

Vancouver Council Vote on motion to fund climate lawsuit

For Immediate Release – July 20, 2022 VANCOUVER/Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh Territories – The Sue Big Oil campaign applauds the City of Vancouver’s historic vote this afternoon [6-5] to allocate funds towards a future class action lawsuit by local governments against global oil and gas companies for climate costs. The commitment is a first step […]

Vancouver votes on Sue Big Oil!

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Exciting news! Vancouver City Councillor Adriane Carr has tabled a Motion in support of the Sue Big Oil campaign. If the motion passes, the City would add a fund for a class action lawsuit against fossil fuel companies to the draft 2023 city budget – with $1 per resident or about $662,000. Needless to say, […]

“We are going to Sue Big Oil”: The birth of a new movement

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“We are going to sue Big Oil,” noted journalist Avi Lewis told us. “This is an historic moment, and you are going to be able to tell everyone you were here when it began.” Over 150 people gathered on Zoom at noon on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 to hear Avi and our special guests launch […]

Protecting Vancouver from climate change is costly—and Big Oil should help pay

This op-ed was originally published in the Georgia Straight on December 17th, 2021. Recently, many Vancouverites received an email from Mayor Kennedy Stewart’s office about Vancouver city council’s decision to adopt its 2022 budget, celebrating that it “put climate action and public safety at the centre” and delivered “equitable, efficient, long-term funding for Vancouver’s Climate Emergency Action […]

After 2021, we need to prepare for future Years of Climate Disaster™

2021 has been BC’s Year of the Climate Disaster™. The BC government’s response claims that these remarkable events were unforeseeable, Premier Horgan said when BC declared a state of emergency: “Unprecedented. As was the impact of heat in the summer. These are extraordinary events not measured before, not contemplated before in putting in place where people will […]