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10 year old Norah has a message for you

I’d like to introduce you to a young girl named Norah, but first let me tell you why.

A few months ago, while working on the Atlantic Chapter’s Beyond Coal campaign, I stumbled upon a stark but illuminating bit of information from Nova Scotia Power. One of its renewable energy modeling scenarios showed that the utility could not only shut down coal power plants in the province by 2030, but also do so for essentially the same cost to ratepayers as getting off coal by 2040. The only real difference was that the inevitable rate increase would be incurred sooner rather than later. 

Although Nova Scotia Power is under pressure to phase out coal by 2030, it continues to remind groups like ours that Nova Scotia received an extension from the federal government to continue operating coal power plants until 2040. So no promises.

What does it really mean to postpone the actions that are needed now—whether by a year or a decade?

Norah, a young neighbour of mine, has some thoughts about that.

Norah knows that what’s happening isn’t right and isn’t fair—and she’s doing what she can to address it. She started the Earth Club at her school and recently adopted a vegan diet after learning about the impact of food production on the environment.

If you’re thinking, Well, that’s not going to be enough to solve the climate and biodiversity crises—you’re right, it isn’t. But when you zoom out, you’ll see that the world is full of Norahs, doing what they can to make things better. That’s power.

At Sierra Club Canada Foundation, our goal is to help people like you and Norah have an even greater impact by sharing our resources and know-how, and standing with you when you need some support. 

We know that you know children shouldn’t be the ones having to carry the load when it comes to climate change and biodiversity loss. 

Real solutions do exist. Thousands of individuals and communities are motivated to do what it takes to protect our children’s future, and we’re there to help them every step of the way.

Your generous donations are what make this possible.

If you have the means, please consider making a donation to help us help you—and many others—get the job done.

Even a $1 donation makes a difference.

How so? Remember the Norah factor: there are many Norahs in the world, and with each of us doing our small part, together we’re creating a tapestry for change that’s far greater and more powerful than we could ever have imagined.

With gratitude for all that you do,

Tynette Deveaux

Communications Coordinator, 
Beyond Coal Campaign

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