The Government of Canada has committed to conserving 25% of lands and 25% of oceans in Canada by 2025. In the 2021 Federal Budget, Canada committed $2.3 billion to conserve up to 1 million square kilometers more land and inland waters — including through Indigenous Protected Areas and national wildlife areas — to achieve Canada’s target. If divided amongst the provinces and territories, BC’s portion of the funding would be between $200 and $300 million. Instead of subsidizing controversial climate disasters like $20 billion tar sands pipelines, Canada can redirect funding to Indigenous Protected Areas, and a just transition for industry workers, to protect the most threatened and valuable ancient forests.
6 ACTIONS WE CAN TAKE FOR OLD GROWTH FORESTS
Support Indigenous led protection camps and actions on the ground.
- Organize local solidarity actions.
- Call / send emails to the Premier, the Forests Minister, and local MLAs.
- Premier John Horgan / 250-387-1715 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Forest Minister Katrine Conroy / 250-387-6240 / email@example.com
- Clayoquot MLA Josie Osborne / 250-720-4515 / firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sign the bcgreens.ca and change.org petitions – search “Old Growth”.
- Amplify by sharing and resharing in social media.
- Donate to the Rainforest Flying Squad, FOCS, and organizations working to protect old growth forests.