Target: Canada’s Prime Minister, Stephen Harper
Goal: Save Canada’s Boreal Forest from development.
Canada’s astonishing Boreal Forest is larger than the Amazon Rainforest and, amazingly enough, 80 percent is still intact despite the relentless pressures of development. We must commit to saving as much of it as possible before it’s too late. The Boreal Forest stretches from Alaska across Canada to Newfoundland and covers 1.5 billion acres. It is filled with minerals, timber, oil, gas and, as of yet, untamed rivers. It is also filled with billions of birds that migrate there every year to raise their young.
The Boreal Forest is one of the largest sources of freshwater left on the face of the earth and its gigantic trove of trees is one of the largest reservoirs of unreleased carbon left in the world. A campaign, first proposed over 10 years ago, offered a vision of preserving at least half of this magnificent ecosystem. Quebec and Ontario have already agreed with this goal and moved to protect about 212 million acres, which are home to hundreds of millions of birds. Indigenous governments are currently working with Manitoba and Ontario to protect over seven million acres of forest.
There are plans awaiting action like a Cree proposal to preserve three million acres in northern Quebec. The federal government should support that and take an interest in more than 300 million unprotected acres in the Northwest Territories and Yukon and over 200 million intact, but still unprotected, acres in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The federal government of Canada should embrace and commit to the magnificent vision of saving as much as possible of the Boreal Forest, before it’s too late.
Dear Prime Minister Harper,
Canada’s magnificent Boreal Forest deserves your attention and protection. It’s larger than the Amazon Rainforest and filled with billions of birds who migrate there every spring to raise their young. It is one of the largest sources of fresh water left on this planet and its woods are filled with natural resources that are as of yet unexploited. An effort to preserve at least half of this inspiring natural wonder was begun a decade ago. Thus far, it has been supported by Quebec and Ontario, which have protected about 212 million acres. Representatives of native governments are working with Manitoba and Ontario.
Canada’s national government should get behind this great project and urge the other provinces and territories to protect what parts of this magnificent ecosystem that they can. As Prime Minister, you should support existing proposals like a proposal covering over 300 million acres in the Northwest Territories and Yukon and another covering over 200 million acres in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. A Cree proposal to preserve three million acres in northern Quebec is awaiting approval and it should be approved. The national government of Canada should put all of its strength, as soon as possible, behind saving as much of the Boreal Forest as it possibly can.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: David Touzin