(above with B.C. Minister of the Environment
Moe Sihota) volunteered to be editor of The Sierra Report,
the chapter newsletter of the Sierra Club of Western Canada,
in 1971. She had no clue that 25 years later she would win
the coveted B.C. Minister's Environment Award for her work.
"The award came as a tremendous surprise," says Irby. "So
often the Club is at odds with the government that I thought
they would laugh at the nomination."
10-year Club veteran and current conservation
co-chair of the British Columbia Chapter, has fought to
preserve British Columbia's forests and wildlife. "B.C. has
the most incredible natural heritage in the world, but the
government is giving the forests away to logging interests."
is chair of the Eastern Canada Chapter. "The major
problem in Ontario is there has been a cleaning of house in
government which has dramatically increased the numbers of
Progressive Conservatives in the provincial government and
they're following the same anti-regulatory path as Newt
Gingrich and the Republican leadership in the United States.
Prairies Chapter chair, keeps busy
debunking the myth that jobs and environmental protection
are mutually exclusive. "If we try to get people up in arms,
it's difficult because they have been brainwashed into
thinking that people who care about the planet will take
jobs away from them."
of the B.C. Chapter's Lower Mainland Group works on
the Sierra Club Multicultural Environmental Education
Project, integrating environmental awareness into his
English as a Second Language workshops. "If they're going to
learn English, we want them to also learn words like
'reduce, reuse, recycle.'"
works tirelessly as the Club's Campaign
Director for Atmosphere and Energy. "She is the most
influential climate activist in Canada," says Elizabeth May,
Sierra Club of Canada executive director. "If you ask
anyone in government or industry who is behind the pressure
on government to deal with climate change, they'd just say
Louise - they wouldn't even use her last name."
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