West Coast Climate Action Network

The purpose of the West Coast Climate Action Network (WE-CAN) is to serve, support, amplify and promote the climate action work of its member organizations.

  • We invite your climate action group, organization or initiative to become a member. Click here.

The global climate emergency is relentlessly urgent. If we don’t get a rapid handle on our climate pollution, the outlook will be very grim. The solutions that will enable us to build a green, climate-responsible, nature-friendly world are waiting, ready to build a future that will be better for nature and for all people.

This is our provisional website. We are the West Coast Climate Action Network, (previously BC Climate Emergency Network).

We need all people, businesses and governments to embrace far more urgent action. We need the BC government to show climate leadership every bit as solid as its Covid-19 leadership has been, and as Canada’s leadership was during World War II.

On January 23rd, 2021 we invited 285 BC climate action groups and organizations to our successful internal launch, where we were joined by guest speakers Geraldine Manson (Snuneymuxw First Nation), Emma-Jane Burien, Seth Klein, Tzeporah Berman, Natalie Odd and David Suzuki. The video of our Launch is here.

On Saturday March 27th, 5pm we held a Progress Meeting. The video of which is here, with guest speakers:

  • Cat Abreu is Executive Director of the Climate Action Network Canada, and an internationally recognized award-winning climate campaigner.
  • Rik Logtenberg is founder of the Climate Caucus, a network of 300+ local elected climate leaders driving system change to transform our communities in ten years. 
  • Naomi Leung is active with Sustainabiliteens, Climate Education Reform BC, Climate Strike Canada, and anti-racism work in Richmond.
  • Jens Wieting is the Sierra Club of BC’s Senior Forest and Climate Campaigner.
  • Jen Wickham is is from the Gidimt’en (Bear/Wolf) clan, Wet’suwet’en Nation.

Since our internal launch, 62 volunteers have been working in Teams to put all the pieces in place: a Board Team, a Members Team, a Technical Team, an Indigenous Engagement Team, a Learning Team, and a Climate Solutions Team.

As a new organization we are strongly committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, justice, respect, and kindness.

We seek to engage with the entire range of climate action groups, organizations and initiatives that are working to tackle the climate crisis in BC, and to urge responsible governments and other bodies to embrace more urgent and rapid action, including First Nations, labour unions, businesses, local governments, youth groups, nature conservation organizations, artists, and more.

Our Vision Statement 

  • We envision the land now known as British Columbia becoming a global leader in the effort to end the climate and biodiversity emergencies. 
  • We envision a successful transition to 100% renewable energy, an end to all fossil fuel production and use, the restoration of damaged ecosystems, a respectful relationship with Indigenous Peoples, a society based on social and racial justice, and an economy that respects nature, workers, businesses and investors. 
  • We envision British Columbians working together to build a positive, socially just, ecologically sustainable future.

Our Mission Statement 

  • We work to unite the multitude of groups, organizations and initiatives in British Columbia whose members share a deep concern about the global climate emergency, and who wish to see more urgent, rapid action. 
  • We work to serve, support, amplify and promote their work, and to take whatever further actions we deem necessary to end the global climate emergency. 

Our Diversity Statement

  • We understand the strength that diversity brings, and the importance of building a diverse, all-inclusive climate movement.
  • We seek to include and uplift those who bring a diversity of racial and ethnic identity, gender, age, religion, culture, experience, ability, and sexual orientation.
  • We seek to include those who have been historically under-represented in the climate movement and those who have suffered historic injustices, including Indigenous Peoples, People of Colour, low-income families, and other historically marginalized groups.

Our Indigenous Engagement Statement

  • We strive to engage with Indigenous Peoples as we develop a strong and unified force for more effective and urgent climate action in the land known as British Columbia.
  • We listen to Indigenous voices and respect traditional knowledge and wisdom. We are committed to decolonization and the dismantling of colonial structures.
  • We heed the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 
  • We see our movement as inseparable from the movements for racial, social, and economic justice. We will work with these movements to grow our collective power and build the world we need. 
  • We uphold the principles and standards articulated in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) for the establishment and maintenance of a universal framework of minimum standards for the survival, dignity, well-being and rights of Indigenous Peoples, which includes the right of BC’s Indigenous Nations to participate with free, prior and informed consent in all decisions that concern their wellbeing on their traditional lands. 
  • We recognize the right of BC’s Indigenous Nations to assert and implement their aboriginal title, rights, treaty rights and right of self-determination and sovereignty as peoples within their traditional territories.
  • We recognize that true reconciliation is about respecting each other’s worldviews and authorities, and working together as equals. 
  • We aspire to create this climate action network as a welcoming and respectful gathering place for Indigenous climate leaders who are working on similar issues. We aim to come together to build and exchange knowledge and experiences to guide us into the future. 

To this end:

  1. We have reserved two seats on our Board of Directors for people for self-identified First Nations and Metis people who bring an Indigenous perspective.
  2. We have an Indigenous Engagement Team, which meets regularly.
  3. We invite people who bring an Indigenous perspective to join our various Working Teams.
  4. We are seeking individuals who will similarly bring an Indigenous perspective to join our Advisory Panel. 
  5. We are developing a comprehensive Inventory of Indigenous climate action initiatives in BC.
  6. We are partnering with The Raven Trust in the development of a webinar series on Indigenous Perspectives on Climate Action in BC.