Oil spills in your backyard: what BC’s coastal communities need to know

The report reveals the predicted impacts of a major spill in the Salish Sea, and tells the stories of communities who have suffered devastating spills in the past.

It’s designed for you – concerned community members who want to get the facts about how an oil spill could impact your health, your local environment, your community and your finances.

Those facts are pretty shocking:

  • A major spill could deal a $1.2 billion dollar blow to Vancouver’s marine economy
  • 1 million residents could be exposed to unsafe levels of benzene
  • Our endangered killer whales could dwindle to extinction
  • In the wake of the Exxon Valdez spill, police dealt with double the usual number of arrests, accidents and disturbance calls
  • There is a 79% – 87% likelihood of a spill in Burrard Inlet over the 50-year lifetime of the Kinder Morgan project
  • Bitumen sinks, and we don’t have the technology to clean it up. Even for conventional oil, only 10-15% of the spilled oil is able to be recovered during an average response.
  • We need better spill response to deal with the threats from the ships that are already plying our waters – and we need to reject projects like Kinder Morgan’s that dramatically raise the risk of a tar sands spill.

Oil spills in your backyard: what BC’s coastal communities need to know
Georgia Strait Alliance 2016.04.01

Oil Spills in Your Backyard Report – PDF

Alexandra Woodsworth
Georgia Strait Energy Campaigner

Vancouver Festival of Oceans Films

The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films is dedicated to protecting our environment for the next generations by raising interest and awareness of the ocean not only as a place for positive recreation, but also as a place of sustainable and responsible commerce, and a wilderness to be respected.

The net proceeds from the festival will be used to assist the Georgia Strait Alliance in their work to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of the Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters, and communities.

The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films is designed to present a broad-based experience to raise awareness of our relationship with the ocean and leave our audience more educated and excited.

Vancouver Festival of Oceans Films

Restoring Our Oceans


The sooner we get our youth involved in the conversation the greater our chances of creating a future for our natural and creative resources. The sooner we give our leaders of tomorrow opportunities to excite creative conversation the greater our possibilities of creating possibilities for tomorrow. What can we learn from watching our whales? What can we learn from watching our community watching our whales?
What do we see when we watch? What do we learn when we watch? What are we learning from watching whales? What can we learn? What could we benefit from learning? Who has an interest in whales?

Exploring the relationship between creating a future for our killer whales and creating a future for the Salish Sea and our world.

Pacific Biological Station, Department of Fisheries and Oceans
Pacific Wildlife Foundation
The Whale Museum
Cetus Research and Conservation Society


The presence of Straitwatch on the water reduces the number of disruptions experienced by killer whales and other marine mammals on a daily basis, providing relief from distress and harm.


The Salish Sea Conversation
Creating community around creating possibilities for the future of our common resource – the Salish Sea

Collaborating around exploring and communicating what we know as a community and collaborating around what we can do as a community to restore, protect, and preserve the Salish Sea for our future and the future of our world.

The South Pacific has the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, a new study has found. The study’s lead author, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies Dr. Jennifer Lavers, estimated that more than 17 tonnes of plastic debris has washed up on Henderson Island, with more than 3,570 new pieces of litter arriving every day on one beach alone. It is estimated that there are nearly 38 million pieces of plastic on the island. Plastics pose a major threat to seabirds and other animals, and most never break down – they just break up. Every piece of petrochemical-derived plastic ever made still exists on the planet.

Jennifer Lavers and Alexander Bond
from Plastic Island – Film

The Story Behind the ‘South Pacific Island of Rubbish’
The Tyee, 2017.07.19

Jennifer Lavers is a research scientist at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. Alexander Bond is senior conservation scientist at the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies is an internationally recognised centre of excellence at the University of Tasmania. Strategically located at the gateway to the Southern Ocean and Antarctica, our research spans these key themes: fisheries and aquaculture; ecology and biodiversity; oceans and cryosphere

With collaborative partners across the globe, we deliver our research to users across governments, industries, institutions, and communities. We educate and mentor the next generation of world leaders in science, technology, and policy through competitive and rigorous university programs.

The The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

The Conversation
This South Pacific island of rubbish shows why we need to quit our plastic habit

Plastics pose a major threat to seabirds and other animals, and most don’t ever break down – they just break up. Every piece of petrochemical-derived plastic ever made still exists on the planet.

A remote South Pacific island has the highest density of plastic debris reported anywhere on the planet, our new study has found. Our study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, estimated that more than 17 tonnes of plastic debris has washed up on Henderson Island, with more than 3,570 new pieces of litter arriving every day on one beach alone.

This South Pacific island of rubbish shows why we need to quit our plastic habit
The Conversation 2017.05.16

The Conversation Canada

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Salish Sea



Home of the Orcas PDF
Salish Sea
Rivers without Borders
Salish Sea
A Common Resource

Home of the Orcas

Killer Whales most at risk from oil spill

Killer Whales at most risk from oil spill

BC’s Herring War, and the Sacrifice of the Salish Sea | The Tyee

Salish Sea Stars of Pender Island | GreenAngels
SeaDoc Society | GreenAngels
Salish Sea Institute – Fostering Responsible Stewardship of the Salish Sea
Salish Sea Institute
Salish Sea Institute | GreenAngels
Lean times in the Salish Sea threaten a matriarch orca – The Globe and Mail

Salish Sea
What’s happening in the Salish Sea?


You may be aware that GreenAngels has a very special interest in the health and sustainability of the Salish Sea and its wildlife. We are proud to call the Salish Sea our home, and we are passionate about supporting the many organizations who are fighting to protect it for generations to come. Like many others, we were ecstatic to hear that the iconic Southern Resident Killer Whales, after an unprecedented absence, had returned to their home waters on July 5 – with a new calf in tow!

We have recently created a Facebook group dedicated to the Salish Sea that we will strive to keep updated with the most current events as reported by the organizations we follow, including SeaDoc Society, Salish Sea Institute, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Salish Sea Orcas, Living Oceans Society, First Nations, Tribes and many others. Please follow us on Facebook, and join the group, if you too, are passionate about the Salish Sea.

We are connectors.

GreenAngels’ vision is a global network of individuals, businesses and organizations working together and giving back in a sustainable way for the betterment of each other, our communities and the world.

We are working diligently to add more and more organizations to our database and invite you to sign up and contribute your own story. Through our stories, blogs and social media, we are sharing and supporting the tremendous work of amazing individuals around the world.

Social Enterprise: The next phase of aid
Find Organizations that Match your Values – Green Angels
Galiano Conservancy Association Story – Green Angels
Salish Sea Institute – Green Angels
Galiano Conservancy Association
Salish Sea Institute
Find organizations that match your values – GreenAngels
Blues for the Salish Sea
A benefit drawing community attention to the community of enterprises contributing to creating a future for the Salish Sea and the opportunities to contribute to and become part of the community
Stories for the Salish Sea
Stories about the Salish Sea
Art for the Salish Sea
The Power of the Blues
Salish Sea
Biologist and First Nation ‘devastated’ DFO will allow B.C. strain of virus in fish farms | The Star
Salish Sea Experiment

Why is learning how to create community around the Salish Sea the most important, most highly leveraged, and most urgent investment we can make?
How do we create community? What is our common interest as a community? What are our creative interests as a community? Who is in our community? What are they doing? Why are they doing? How are they contributing? How can we increase their contribution?
What are the communities benefiting from, affected by, and contributing to creating a future for the Salish Sea?
What are all the organizations interested in and actively contributing to our common interests?
Who would we like to participate in the conversation?
What is the worst thing that could happen?
Do we care to learn about the Salish Sea, and how we can create community around our common resource, – to restore, preserve, and create a resource for our future?
What is your story? What are you doing? Why are you doing? How did you get here? What information and observations would you like to contribute? What ideas are you pursuing? What ideas do you think we could pursue as a community? What questions would you like to explore?
What is the impact of climate change on the Salish Sea and the Salish Sea community?
Creating an environment of caring for the Salish Sea
Demonstrating the contribution of the arts to creating an environment of caring
An information management system which serves the interests of the community
Ideas that would contribute to increasing the size and contribution of the enterprise
Creating relationships within and with other communities we are part of and contributing to
Leveraging our resources, relationships, and enterprises with communications

British Columbia – We have a lot to care for, a lot to care about, a lot to work with, a lot of opportunities, a lot of resources, a lot of creative resources – artsfuture – a lot of ancillary benefits

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Salmon Nation
Salmon Nation: People. Place. An Invitation – Salmon Nation – Medium

Salish Sea
Exciting everyone in creating community around caring for our community, – our environment, our people, our creative interests, our imagination of the possibilities we can create for the future of our community
Blues for the Salish Sea
Art for the Salish Sea
Stories of the Salish Sea
Stories for the Salish Sea
Salish Sea
Georgia Strait Alliance
Reflections: Art for an oil free coast – YouTube
REFLECTIONS: The film | Raincoast Conservation Foundation
The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation

Salish Sea
West Coast Environmental Law
Creating Our legal Systems
Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council
Nestled in the waters between British Columbia’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island lie the Southern Gulf Islands: Galiano, Mayne, Pender (North and South), and Saturna. These picturesque gems of the Salish Sea are known for breathtaking natural beauty, peaceful tranquility, and vibrant arts communities where artists, artisans, writers, musicians, performers and other creative individuals live, make and present their work. The Southern Gulf Islands Arts Council promotes, encourages and supports inclusive, respectful, creative and cultural activity for the benefit of residents and visitors alike.
Pender Islands Art Guide
Directory of Artists, Artisans, Craftspeople, Musicians, Writers, Photographers, Studios, and Galleries on Pender Island.

Ptarmigan Arts
Cultivating a Creative Community by providing creative opportunities for our island communities through education and engagement in the arts.

Ptarmigan is an integral part of the community and a valued community leader. We nurture creativity in our island communities by providing creative artistic opportunities to emerging and established artists, community members of all ages, and island visitors.

Ptarmigan Arts (formally Ptarmigan Music And Theatre Society) is a registered, charitable arts organization with a mandate to deliver community arts outreach programs. We have been in existence for over Ptarmigan programs are offered at low cost or no cost, in order to ensure that they are accessible to all members of our society. We focus on community building through the arts and work to ensure that our programs are presented in accessible community venues and are readily available to people who are challenged by financial, physical, mental or geographic barriers.
25 years, and have a solid track record of coordinating and delivering successful, innovative and inspirational artistic workshops for our communities in areas such as music, theatre, dance and the visual arts. We work to ensure our educational programs are accessible to all, and run those programs for people ranging in age from seniors to preschoolers. Our clients include schools, community groups, seniors’ centers, homeless shelters, and facilities that serve clients with disabilities and disadvantages. Ptarmigan’s work helps all members of our society, especially those who are marginalized due to isolation, poverty or health, to live healthier, happier and more engaged lives.
Currently Ptarmigan is concentrating on providing arts programs in the Southern Gulf Islands and Southern Vancouver Island.
Arts on the Islands Multi Media Exhibition 2020
Arts on the Islands 2D and 3D Exhibition 2020

Salish Sea Central – the Salish Sea is an Estuary | GreenAngels
Salish Sea
B.C. to fund cleanup projects for marine fishing debris – The Globe and Mail
The Future of Canada’s Fisheries | Minister Bernadette Jordan – YouTube

Canada’s Fisheries Industry Looking Forward l Phil Young, Chair of the Fisheries Council of Canada – YouTube
Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea
Salish Sea

What can we do to create a conversation around creating a future for our common resource as a community and for our world?

What can we do to excite interest in exploring our creative interests as a community and what possibilities we can create for the future of the Salish Sea, and what we can do or get done which would contribute to creating possibilities? How can we mobilize our creative community to focus our attention and our appreciation and our caring about our common resource and the future off our common resource?

Could we mobilize our arts community?
Could we mobilize our artists?
Could we mobilize our museums and learning institutions?
Could we mobilize our tourism community?
Could we mobilize our local business communities?
Could we mobilize our communications community?
Theatre for the Salish Sea
Could we begin with our music community? Could we start with our blues community to create connections? Could we excite improvisation about what we can do with our jazz community? Could we excite our imagination with our classical music community?
Salish Sea
Alexandra Morton’s Book Should Galvanize Action on Salmon | The Tyee
‘Salmon Nation’ Is Linking Builders of a Healthy Economy | The Tyee
Coastal First Nations
Opinion: Salmon fisheries threaten B.C.’s wild salmon. We have one last chance to save them – The Globe and Mail
Opinion: Delta in danger: The beleaguered ecological hot spot on Vancouver’s doorstep – The Globe and Mail
Scientists, First Nations team up in fresh attempt to revive struggling B.C. herring stocks | CBC News
Collaboration – Salish Sea
Scientists, First Nations team up in fresh attempt to revive struggling B.C. herring stocks | CBC News

Who owns the Salish Sea
2018.12.01 December
Braid: Who really owns the B.C. coast? You might be surprised

The Role of the Provincial and Territorial Governments in the Oceans Sector

1984 Supreme Court of Canada – Reference re: Ownership of the Bed of the Strait of Georgia and Related Areas

Strait of Georgia or Salish Sea?

B.C. has Strait of Georgia on its mind

Georgia Strait Alliance – About the Strait

Can even ‘spunky’ baby orcas save B.C.’s endangered killer whales? | The Star
Salish Sea
Meet the business elite who took up the fight to get fish farms out of B.C.’s water | The Star
Salish Sea
Escape of non-native salmon on B.C. coast puts farm phase-out deadline in question – The Globe and Mail
Salish Sea
Salish Sea Central – the Salish Sea is an Estuary | GreenAngels
Observations on the Salish Sea – Susanne Pavyluk
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Salish Sea

What’s Happening
Southern Resident Killer Whales
Salish Sea
Salish Sea change | Canadian Geographic
SeaLegacy on Vimeo
Salish Sea Trust | GreenAngels
Island’s Salish Sea Trust searches for heritage site designation – Victoria News
The Salish Sea – A legacy Moment

This short film invites us to experience a body of water that we see on a map of Canada, but likely know little about. There was hope that the Salish Sea would be selected as the Canadian submission to be considered for designation as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was not, but we can learn about this vibrant, living body of water just of the B.C. coast.
Our mission is to create healthy and abundant oceans, for us and for the planet.
What lies beneath the surface of the thin blue line?

This is the story that SeaLegacy tells. This is the story that sparks a global conversation, and the story that inspires people to act. We believe that producing powerful media and art that gives people hope is imperative. Hope is empowerment. Hope is a solution. Hope is a game changer.

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The Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centre provides Southern Gulf Islands residents with resources, referrals, information and support for employment, education, social purposes and well-being. Our organization is committed to enhancing community capacity and fostering both social and economic opportunities.
Southern Gulf Islands Community Resource Centre

GreenAngels is a small group of dedicated individuals who care about the planet and the future of our young people. We realized a need for a simple, reliable, grassroots online resource platform to help direct people to the causes that they really care about. There are many ways to give, and there are so many worthy causes to support. We want to help you find ones that we know personally are doing great work. Our mission is to help make a difference in the world by encouraging others to make a personal decision on how to give, when and to whom, based on the causes closest to their hearts.
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A community created by our common enterprise.
Our creative interest is to create community as communities around exploring what we can do to create the future for the Salish Sea. Who is in our community that cares? Every community can contribute their own experience, interests, and point of view on what we can do which could contribute to our creative and common interests
What can we do? Can we excite the interest of the world in watching our whales?
Would exploring the business case and doing the economic analysis contribute to our common interests?
Where can we learn about the Salish Sea? Where can we learn about the contribution of the Salish Sea? Where can we learn about the communities who live in appreciation for the Salish and care for the Salish Sea and contribute to creating a future for the Salish Sea, – contribute to protecting, preserving, and increasing the contribution of the Salish Sea to our experience of life and our future?

Blues for the Salish Sea
The power of the blues to excite the experience of love, and loss, and longing, and hope, – the experience of caring, – the experience of community around caring, – the experience of life we have in common, – our common human experience, and interests, and connectedness