The West Coast Climate Action Network is creating a diverse, ever-growing, and frequently updated collection of climate action learning resources to benefit the climate work of our members. 

Advocacy & Policy

 

A Good War: Mobilizing Canada for the Climate Emergency

Struggling to keep optimism and hope that humans will solve the climate crisis? In the book A Good War (September 2020), author Seth Klein builds a case for the Canadian government adopting a war cabinet framework to do what the science says we must do to address the climate crisis. His detailed plan shows practical ways we can succeed! 

Video: 4 Hopeful Lessons from WW2 to Confront Climate Change

Climate Emergency: A 26-Week Transition Program for Canada

Guy Dauncey proposes 164 new climate policies and programs, costing $59 billion a year in new investments, without raising taxes or increasing public sector borrowing. The result of implementing this transition plan would be a 65% reduction in emissions by 2030 and 100% by 2040.

David Suzuki Foundation: Work with your local government on climate change

Step-by-step rules and advice for working with the government on climate action, including knowing which level of government to approach and figuring out your ask in advance. Its aim is to help demystify government processes so we can be more successful in taking climate action.

Climate Science

Bill Nye’s Introduction to Climate Change

Love Bill Nye, and need to understand what climate change science is all about? Watch the 5 minute “Climate 101” video narrated by Bill Nye to learn the important facts.

The Climate Challenge: 101 Solutions to Global Warming, by Guy Dauncey

This book’s first quarter is an excellent description of climate science. Then, follows comprehensive coverage of best solutions, policy as well as technology. Read this to find a joyous, hope-filled message for facing the greatest crisis humanity has ever encountered.

Beyond Climate – David Suzuki

2020 Feature Film on Climate and Climate Change that offers Canadian citizens’ observations.

Law & Justice

Wet’suwet’en chiefs sue Ottawa to force Crown to act on climate change

This important lawsuit describes the threat of climate change to Wet’suwet’en identity, culture, their relationship with the land and the life on it, and to food security guaranteed under Section 7 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The case was struck as non justiciable and is being appealed.

Legal filings (including the appeal documents): Lho’imggin et al. v. Her Majesty the Queen – Climate Change Litigation (climatecasechart.com)

15 Canadian Youth sue Canadian Government for climate inaction that threatens their futures

In La Rose v. Her Majesty the Queen, the plaintiffs – 15 young people from across Canada – allege that Canada has been promising and failing, for more than 30 years, to reduce GHG emissions to a safe level. Now, they say, climate change is causing serious physical and psychological harm to youth, as each plaintiff explains in their affidavits.  The continued release of high levels of GHG emissions, they argue, is inconsistent with a stable climate and a Charter breach. The case was struck and is currently being appealed.

News article: Young climate activists beat Germany’s government in court. Could it happen here? | CBC News Legal filings: La Rose v. Her Majesty the Queen – Climate Change Litigation (climatecasechart.com)

15 youth allege that government conduct continues to cause, contribute to and allow GHG emissions

Seven non-profit organizations have requested intervener status in a suit launched by a group of youth against the federal government over high levels of greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of climate change they are experiencing.

Organizing

Future Ground Network

A myriad of excellent resources for people, organizations, businesses. Tools include 6 organizing toolkits (Acknowledge Indigneous Territory; Event Plan; Fundraise; Grants; Social Media; Recruit New Members), digital tools (Slack and Zoom), and 27 Action Network Video Tutorials. Organizations may sign up for free membership and gain other resources.

Project Inside Out

Project Inside Out seeks to create a new mindset for engaging communities on our urgent climate and sustainability issues. The goal is to unite activists with clinical psychologists and evidence-based research to drive sustainable behavior change for our planet.

7 Motivations for Lighter Living Action in BC

Learn about the 7 different motivations that influence British Columbians’ lighter living choices. By understanding these motivations, we can encourage and support more sustainable choices and design with different motivations in mind.

Solutions

Natural Climate Solutions Special Report: Enhancing Canada’s Climate Change Ambitions

Do you know that nature is humanity’s best known mechanism for removing carbon dioxide from Earth’s atmosphere? Learn more about natural climate solutions’ unique powers to both catch and store carbon by reading either key recommendations or the full body of this 2021 WWF report.

Fifty Ways to Bring More Urgency to BC’s Climate Action Plans

Want to know what to ask our BC government officials to do to show they are facing the climate emergency head on? Read this report! Whether it’s establishing a new Crown Corporation called RetrofitBC to get our homes off of natural gas heating or finding Youth Climate Leaders, this plan is full of practical climate policies relevant to BC.

Climate Solutions 101

Watch 1 or all 6 of these videos from Drawdown to learn the cause of our climate emergency and what humans can do to solve the problem. We can do this!  Game on!

Teaching and Sharing

Drawdown

Find out what are the top 100 global solutions to REDUCE (Drawdown) greenhouse gas emissions and which would make the biggest impact. Project Drawdown features global peer reviewed research with potential emission, social and monetary outcomes.

Y Talk Climate Podcast

The BCCIC Climate Change Branch has officially launched an expert podcast series on mobilizing youth for climate action titled “Y Talk Climate”. The goal of the “Y Talk Climate” podcast is to educate youth in British Columbia, Canada and around the world about the climate crisis and empower them to turn expert insights into action.

Climate Reality for Youth

The Climate Reality Project has visited more than 1900 schools in Canada since 2007.  The goal is to create young environmental leaders and further spread national and global climate issues.