Ben West
Ben joined ForestEthics Advocacy in January 2013. He spent the last five years as a Healthy Communities Campaigner in Vancouver focusing on protecting B.C. and the Salish Seas from tar sands pipelines and tankers. He also has campaigned for zero waste initiatives, sensible transportation and land use planning and myriad of other projects related to facing the challenge of addressing global warming.

In all his work Ben is driven by his passion for environmental justice, and ecological literacy. In his spare time Ben is a videographer, juggler (with #MadSkillz), twitter addict (@BenWest) and wannabe comedian.

Entries by Ben West

How To Stop A Pipeline With Music

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 3:21 PM

What role does a concert like the Salish Sea Summer Gathering hosted by the Tsleil Waututh Nation play in stopping an oil pipeline? Bringing together art, music and culture is actually really important in the work to protect our coast. First Nations and non native people working together...

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Harper Will Regret Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Approval

(28) Comments | Posted June 16, 2014 | 4:52 PM

Sometime before Tuesday night, after years of debate, Prime Minister Stephen Harper is set to announce his decision on the controversial Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline. Personally, I thought Friday the 13th would have been a poetic day for Harper's Enbridge announcement, but their self imposed deadline is Tuesday June 17.

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Big Oil vs. Beautiful Orca: Which Side Are You On?

(3) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 5:26 PM

Everyone in the Vancouver area was thrilled to see or hear about the pods of dolphins and orcas showing up in English Bay and False Creek this weekend.

Probably the only people not happy about it were the folks at the massive Texas-based energy corporation Kinder Morgan....

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Town Hall Is Reminder That Pipeline Agenda Will Cost Harper Government

(2) Comments | Posted February 3, 2014 | 12:19 PM

As Parliament now reopens for its first session of 2014, it's more clear than ever that B.C. and indeed many Canadians across the country do not feel represented by the Conservative government when it comes to the undermining of science and democracy to support their pipeline agenda.

I got...

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The War Against Harper's Pipelines Reaches Tipping Point

(22) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 9:53 PM

Courtesy of Forest Ethics Advocacy

This week will be filled with really big moments for both Enbridge and Kinder Morgan in B.C.

Today, Kinder Morgan announced that they have finally filed their application to build a new tar sands oil pipeline along the route of...

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West Coast Communities Unite To Stop Tar Sands Tankers

(3) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 10:10 PM

Originally published by ForestEthics Advocacy

It was hard work getting that big, heavy and colourful totem pole up on the morning of the ceremony. A whole bunch of guys spent a couple hours in the mud pulling on ropes at the Tsleil Waututh Nation (TWN) community...

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Kinder Morgan: Another Enron-Style House of Cards in Waiting

(22) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 1:57 PM

It's shaping up to be another pivotal time in the tar sands pipeline debate here in British Columbia. Just as energy giant Kinder Morgan is ramping up its PR blitz for a massive new pipeline in B.C., the Texas-based multinational corporation has come under fire.

Tuesday, a new...

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Lessons Learned From The BC Election

(6) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 1:49 AM

What makes me sad about the election in British Columbia is that I know a lot of folks that really care about the people and the planet had their hearts broken. The candidates and their supporters that I saw at the left-leaning BC New Democratic Party's election night party were...

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Harper Tanker Safety Plan Changes Nothing in Pipeline Debate

(10) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 3:41 PM

Soon after closing the Vancouver Coast Guard station and the Vancouver Marine Traffic Control centre, Stephen Harper has come out with a new plan for tanker safety. Of course we need the best safeguards available to deal with the increased tanker traffic we are already facing in the...

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Obama, Dix Talk Climate Action Amid Pipeline Decision

(9) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 11:50 AM

A few days ago, I noticed something pretty striking when reading the U.S. State Department's report about the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. It made me wonder if the U.S. officials are really paying attention to what's happening up here in B.C.

The report claimed the pipeline...

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What Non-Indigenous People Can Learn From Chiefs' Anti-Oil Sands Efforts

(5) Comments | Posted January 28, 2013 | 1:38 PM

Earlier this summer it filled my heart with pride and joy to watch my good friend Chief Rueben George, stand before the sacred tree in the Arbor of a Sun Dance ceremony in Lakota territory, South Dakota and read a declaration of indigenous spiritual leaders against tar sands pipelines and...

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Is Kinder Morgan Better Than Enbridge?

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 9:08 AM

Kinder Morgan would like us to believe that their Trans Mountain pipeline project in British Columbia is a better proposal than the one Enbridge has put forward, and that they're a more responsible company. Of course, as a climate activist I don't see any oil company proposing to...

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Climate Silence In U.S. Elections Stumps Concerned Canadians

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 12:22 PM

"It's global warming, stupid!" Believe it or not, that is what it says on the cover of Business Week right now. This is of course a reference to Bill Clinton's internal campaign slogan from 1992 -- "It's the economy, stupid" -- which was made famous by the documentary film The...

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An Oil Spill 'Perfect Storm'

(1) Comments | Posted October 13, 2012 | 2:10 PM

I participated in a press conference last week in the observation deck on the top floor or one of Vancouver's tallest buildings almost 150 meters (about 500 feet) above ground. This unusual media event was well suited for the unusual situation we have before us.

The Harper government has...

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Rogue Weather Girl Reminds Us To Put Climate Back On Agenda

(3) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 4:19 PM

When was the last time you can remember global warming being the top story on the evening news?
Yeah, I don't remember either.

The United Nations' international climate policy negotiations in Copenhagen back in 2009 was the last time that global warming was consistently front page news.

That seems...

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