Communities and Coal was created for residents, by residents. We are a grassroots movement of citizens, from White Rock to Texada Island, concerned about the exporting of millions of tonnes of US Thermal Coal through BC Communities.
We realized early on that this coal proposal had the potential to impact many, many people, not just one single community, and we knew the first thing we needed to do was to create public awareness. What began as a conversation between two parents in a school yard, quickly transformed into a commitment by a growing number of everyday people to inform others about the potential risks of this project. Our first Town Hall meeting was held on June 26, 2013 in South Surrey, and from there we quickly spread to White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Tsawwassen, Burnaby, Richmond, New Westminster, Langley, and Powell River. We held/helped in 9 Town Hall meetings within 5 months in various municipalities, gained tremendous support from residents who tirelessly committed their time and energy to this issue, spoke with countless politicians, unions, school boards, doctors, scientists, scholars, etc., and as a result, had an overwhelming show of support from those we reached (see “The Issues” page for full list of those opposed or concerned). If you would like more information about our group, you can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.