NAMRA is excited to announce a three-part series featuring activists and experts who are leading the efforts to expose the myth that hydropower from megadams is “renewable and clean.”

Webinar 1New developments in the campaign to stop the NECEC export corridor for Canadian hydropower through Maine to Massachusetts 

Action items:

  1. Send a letter to Massachusetts, demanding that they remove Canadian hydropower imports from their 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap (the letter is pre-written, and sending it will take less than 5 minutes).
  2. Send a letter to ISO New England asking that they include greenhouse gas emissions from Canadian hydropower imports on their air emissions report (the letter is pre-written, and sending it will take less than 5 minutes).

Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 6 – 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time

Massachusetts’ recently released “Decarbonization Roadmap” claims Canadian hydropower will help the state reduce emissions and promote climate justice. First Nations in Canada and the facts say otherwise: the proposal to import 1,200 megawatts of Canadian hydropower via New England Clean Energy Connect is environmental racism and a climate disaster. Indigenous resistance to Hydro-Quebec and export corridors like NECEC is growing and lawsuits are happening. New export corridors proposed in the U.S. will drive more dams on Indigenous lands and waters and environmental racism. Join us at 6 pm ET on March 3rd to find out the latest!

Our webinar will feature: 

  • Kevin Cassidy, Senior Staff Attorney, Lewis and Clark Law School, Earthrise Law Center: Updates on the recent federal lawsuit to stop NECEC and the grassroots organizing campaign. Explain the flaws in Massachusetts’ plan to use NECEC hydropower to address the climate crisis.
  • Meg Sheehan, Coordinator, North American Megadam Resistance Alliance: Why Massachusetts’ claim that Canadian hydropower will reduce the state’s emissions and meet climate justice mandates is at odds with the facts. 
  • Greg Goubko, Clean Energy Campaigner, Sierra Club Canada Foundation: Updates on the proposed Atlantic Loop corridor in Nova Scotia and Gull Island megadam in Newfoundland & Labrador. 
  • Deb Pasternak, Director, Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club: Explain current work on decarbonization in Massachusetts.

Webinar 2Voices of the Resistance: First Nations impacted by hydro-dams and their transmission corridors discuss the environmental racism of Canadian hydropower exports to the U.S.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Join our webinar to hear from First Nations who will explain first hand why Hydro-Quebec’s electricity is not “clean energy” but environmental racism.

In the words of Lucien Wabanonik of the Indigenous Anishnabeg tribe in modern-day Quebec, Hydro-Quebec “is currently operating 33 hydroelectric plants, 130 dams and dykes, flooding 2.6 million acres, and maintaining tens of thousands of kilometers of transmission and distribution lines and roads on our ancestral territories. It doesn’t rightfully own 36% of its total installed electrical capacity, yet we’ve never been compensated for this massive taking, forced to live as second-rate citizens on our own unceded land, and now HQ wants to export this power to Massachusetts.”

Our webinar will feature:
Lucien Wabanonik, Elected Councilor with Lac Simon’s Band Council in Quebec: Updates on the joint effort between First Nations in Canada and the U.S. to oppose Hydro-Quebec and destructive Canadian hydropower exports.

Adam Jourdain, President of Mamo Aki, a partnership for information sharing relating to social, environmental, and economic best practices between First Nations, companies, and the government: How First Nations have been affected by extractive energy development.

Chief Roland Willson, Chief of the West Moberly Lake First Nations located in North-Eastern BC, currently finishing his 7th consecutive elected term: Updates on the destructive Site C megadam and the impacts this project is having on treaties, communities, and the environment.

Speakers to be announced! 

Webinar 3 – Updates on the climate impacts of Canadian hydropower

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 from 7-8:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Join us for NAMRA’s final webinar of its three-part series on the impacts of Canadian hydropower on rivers, communities, and the climate

Gary Wockner, river activist: Why hydropower is not a solution to the climate crisis.  Wockner is co-founder of “Save The Colorado”,  involved in the effort to save the Cache la Poudre River in Fort Collins, and is an award-winning activist and writer. Gary works globally with local activists protecting rivers.  

Roger D. Wheeler, President, Friends of Sebago Lake (FOSL): “Blue Deserts”, a new book on how large dams in the subarctic undermine the ocean’s ability to act as a carbon sink, cause water temperatures to increase, and contribute to the decline of fisheries in the Gulf of Maine and beyond. This negative impact of Canadian hydropower is often ignored.

Ananda Lee Tan, Contributor to “Hoodwinked in the Hothouse”: Hydroelectricity as a false solution to the climate crisis. Tan has been organizing grassroots, social justice movements since 1986 – building and supporting coalitions, networks, and alliances for Indigenous land defense, environmental justice, workers rights, energy democracy, food sovereignty, zero waste, community self-determination and climate justice around the world.

The just-released Hoodwinked in the Hothouse (3rd edition) is a comprehensive compendium of the false corporate promises of “climate solutions” that continue to hoodwink elected officials and the public, leading us down risky pathways poised to waste billions of public dollars on a host of corporate snake-oil schemes and market-based mechanisms. NAMRA authored the Hydroelectricity section, along with other grassroots groups, veteran organizers, movement strategists, and thought leaders from across the climate and environmental justice movements.