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Council of Canadians calls on BC and Science World to end LNG promotional seminars

Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver.

Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver.

The Council of Canadians, the Wilderness Committee, allied environmental groups and concerned citizens have signed an open letter demanding that the British Columbia government “end the partnership it has established with Science World to promote the liquefied natural gas industry through a province-wide series of community seminars.” Science World – located in the Expo Centre building from Expo 86 – is a science centre in Vancouver. It also conducts workshops and presents science-themed shows in schools and communities across the province.

The letter states, “The science is clear: human-driven climate change represents a serious challenge for British Columbians, and is caused primarily by the production and consumption of fossil fuels. The proposed LNG industry, and the fracking industry that fuels it, will have widespread impacts on our climate. …Science World’s mission is to engage and educate British Columbians – and our children – in science. But its participation in the BC government’s promotional seminars ignores repeated warnings from experts about the serious environmental and climate impact of this industry.”

Vancouver-based Council of Canadians regional organizer Leila Darwish highlights, “Numerous First Nations and communities across BC have expressed concern with LNG projects, and the pipelines and fracking that will fuel them. These projects put the health and safety of our communities, the environment, the climate, wild salmon and the coast at risk.”

Representatives from Science World, the BC government and LNG-Buy BC (a program “created to connect LNG project proponents with BC companies”) will be at upcoming Regional LNG Energy Seminars in Nanaimo (January 13-14) and Kamloops (February 3-4) that will “answer questions” and “provide information for B.C. businesses who are preparing for the opportunities brought on by the LNG industry.” Seminars were also recently held in Prince George, Fort St. John, Terrace, Prince Rupert and Squamish.

The open letter can be read here.

Further reading
Council of Canadians opposes LNG agenda in British Columbia (November 2014 blog)