Big coal companies want to export up to 108 million tonnes of thermal coal per year from Montana and Wyoming through ports on the west coast of North America. This threatens our health, our environment and the global climate.
Coal Export Stories is your platform to share your story about why you oppose these projects, and to ask the hard questions of our elected officials: why isn’t more being done to protect our health? Why aren’t you getting us the facts we deserve?
While the state of Oregon has wisely rejected a new coal port proposal – and two more projects in Washington face extensive environmental and health studies and public reviews before they can proceed – British Columbia is already shippingthermal coal and fast-tracking new export proposals.
So far, Port Metro Vancouver and the B.C. ministers of health and environment refuse to use their authority to require public hearings and comprehensive assessments of coal export expansion. B.C. Premier Christy Clark says she wants todo the world a favour by weaning China off of dirty coal, but her government sits idly by while U.S. thermal coal exports through B.C. communities increase dramatically.
It’s time our stories are heard, and it’s time officials stop dodging our questions. As submissions are added to the site, we’ll map them so you can see and hear the stories of the whole export corridor. We’ll also share your stories and questions with key decision-makers so they know just how strong our movement is.
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Share your story or burning questions using our submission form
. Think of it as a selfie with a message! You can submit videos, audio files, photos or written stories. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Introduce who you are and where you live (city/town and state/province)
- Say your piece:
- Explain how you would be – or already are – affected by thermal coal shipments, or
- Explain why you’re worried about or opposed to increased thermal coal exports, or
- Ask your burning questions about how expansion proposals would affect your community and our environment, or
- All of the above
- Keep it to 1-2 minutes in length if it’s an audio or video story
Have something to say, but not ready to do this all on your own? Email us and we’ll connect you with someone who can record and upload your submission for you.
For best results, here are some pointers for recording a video or audio clip:
- Practice your story before recording (you might even want to write it down first)
- Strive for clarity: project your voice and avoid background noise
- If it’s a video, look into the camera as if you’re telling your story to or asking your question of a friend
- Try to keep the video steady by bracing your arms while recording or using a tripod
- Review your video or audio clip and do a retake if you need to before uploading
- Be creative, be funny, be genuine – but keep it clean!
Using our submission form
, there are 4 options available for sharing your story or burning questions:
- Submit written comments using our submission form.
- For video recordings, audio clips or photos, upload to YouTube, Vimeo, SoundCloud or Flickr and share the link with us:
- Create a YouTube (Google), Vimeo, SoundCloud or Flickr account if you don’t have one
- Include Coal Export Stories in the title/description
- Make the story public and publish it
- Copy the link to your story (something like: http://youtu.be/6OWoWOS69Zs)
- Using the submission form, Choose Option #1 - Paste Link to Audio, Video or Photo to send us your story
- If you’ve recorded your story using your phone or a computer, send us the file using our submission form and use option #2- File Upload
- Got an audio, video, or photo story to tell, but not ready to do this all on your own? Email us and we’ll connect you with someone who can record and upload your submission for you.