Will Bay du Nord be another terrible decision like the Trans Mountain pipeline?
What is the Bay du Nord project?
Bay du Nord is a mega offshore oil project (by the Norwegian company Equinor) that would be built off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, if it is green-lighted by Canada’s Environment Minister, Steven Guilbeault. His decision is expected this Friday, March 4.
If the federal government is serious about its commitment to fight climate change, it must reject this project. We need you to help put pressure on the cabinet. Tell them to reject the Bay du Nord project.
Incompatible with climate science, inconsistent with our commitments
Canada has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 40-45% from 2005 levels by 2030, and to becoming carbon neutral by 2050. In its initial assessment, the Bay du Nord project would extract 300 million barrels of oil over a 30-year period. The assessment has since increased to one billion barrels. In terms of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, that's like adding the equivalent of 7 to 10 million gas-powered cars onto our roads!.
The most recent IPCC report not only highlighted the growing vulnerability of communities to climate disasters, but also stated that climate change is the number one "global threat" to Canada. Approving the Bay du Nord project just a few days after this frightening report, would basically be immoral.
Let’s not make the same mistake twice
Bay du Nord is nothing more than another nonsensical oil and gas project the likes of GNL Québec, Trans Mountain or Coastal GasLink. Remember when the Trudeau government made a monumental mistake in buying the Trans Mountain pipeline? Did you know that the estimated cost of expanding the pipeline has gone from $12 to $21 billion dollars? We have the opportunity to prevent Bay du Nord from being the federal government's next climate and financial disaster. Please make your voice heard!
Solidarity with Newfoundland, for a just transition
The province of Newfoundland and Labrador is already heavily in debt and 30% of its economy is based on oil. The province and its people deserve alternatives. Thousands of people in Newfoundland have taken to the streets to demand a just transition and a shift to renewable energy. The bottom line is that Bay du Nord is a bad economic investment for Canada and for Newfoundland and Labrador.
It is time to diversify Newfoundland and Labrador's oil economy. The government must invest in sustainable, clean and responsible projects for communities, not sink further into a dead-end economy based on this polluting and non-renewable energy of the past. Trudeau’s government must reject the Bay du Nord project and table a just ecological transition plan instead.
Call on the federal government to reject this project and work immediately with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador to implement a fair and just transition away from fossil fuels.
Here are three ways to take action:
- Join the social media storm!
- You can choose among the pre-drafted social media posts below and share them on your social networks today and leading up to Friday.
- Amplify our social media posts over the next three days on the Équiterre’s official pages: Facebook and Twitter. You can start by sharing those we’ve published today, on Facebook and on Twitter.
- Keep sharing and amplifying up until March 4, when the decision will be announced. Remember to use #IPCC #BayduNord #MyOffshoreMyFuture #ClimateAction #Cdnpoli
- Contact your Members of Parliament
- Join us in the street!
- If you’re in Montreal, join us this Friday to strike with the youth of @forthefuturemtl. The march starts at Montreal City Hall at 1:30 pm and will end at the constituency office of Minister Steven Guilbeault.
Social Media Posts
.@s_guilbeault You must reject #BayduNord
@JustinTrudeau your climate credibility is at stake. Commit to #ClimateAction
@DeputyPM_Canada invest in the #JustTransition of Newfoundland and Labrador for the sake of its workers. #IPCC #NorthBay #MyOffshoreMyFuture #cdnpoli
@Steven Guilbeault You must reject #BayduNord
@JustinPJTrudeau your climate credibility and your commitments are at stake.
@freelandchrystia there is no future in fossil fuels. Invest in the #justtransition of Newfoundland and Labrador for the sake of its workers.
#IPCC #NorthBay #MyOffshoreMyFuture #ClimateAction #Cdnpoli