Save Great Bear Rainforest from Logging

Target: Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia

Goal: Save Great Bear Rainforest from logging by enforcing stricter guidelines protecting 70 percent of the forest

Logging is allowed to continue throughout 50 percent of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, despite efforts six years ago to save the forest. Scientists assert that 70 percent of the forest must remained unharmed by logging for the entire ecosystem to survive.

North of Vancouver Island lies the largest coastal temperate rainforest on Earth, the Great Bear Rainforest. It represents one-fourth of all the coastal temperate rainforests left on the planet. First Nations people have lived in this area for thousands of years, and it is home to the rare, cream-colored bear called the kermode or “spirit bear.” The ancient forest is also home to grizzlies, wolves, and salmon.

In 2006, an agreement was reached protecting 50 percent of the forest from logging and assuring the involvement of First Nations people in future decisions regarding the forest. However, as scientific evidence shows, 50 percent is not enough forest land for the overall rainforest ecosystem to maintain itself. Many species’ habitats and the health of the forest overall will become endangered by logging over 30 percent of the forest. Furthermore, increases in global temperature mean modest plans for conservation now may not be bold enough to combat ecosystem loss in the future. In a vicious cycle, deforestation exacerbates global warming over the long term, and both processes damage ecosystems caught in their wake.

For the sake of protecting a rare and beautiful ecosystem, logging interests must be allowed to cut no more than 30 percent of the forest. Christy Clark, the Premier of British Columbia, must save the Great Bear Rainforest from logging by improving legislation to protect it.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Ms. Clark,

Due to agreements reached in 2006, logging interests are allowed to cut 50 percent of the Great Bear Rainforest, despite scientific evidence that at least 70 percent of the forest must remain uncut to preserve the rainforest ecosystem. The world community is concerned about harming an environment that includes the rare kermode “spirit bear,” the grizzly bear, wolves, salmon, and ancient trees. Moreover, environmental advocates seek tougher, rather than leaner, legislation overall, as global warming becomes an issue in ecosystem loss over the long term.

Help us save the Great Bear Rainforest by enforcing stricter guidelines, protecting at least 70 percent of the forest from logging.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Tjflex2 via flickr

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