British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest (the largest tract of intact coastal temperate rainforest left on Earth) is in danger and there is a public call out for support to raise awareness and put pressure on the current government to keep their promise about conserving the area.
Two years ago, after a ten year struggle, a promise was made by the BC government to protect Canada’s rainforest – the Great Bear Rainforest – the world’s largest temperate rainforest, and home to the Spirit Bear.
Today, that promise is in jeopardy. With a March 31st, 2009 deadline fast approaching, a citizen-driven campaign has sprung-up to secure the fate of this vast and unspoiled wilderness, a place that has captured the imagination of people around the world with its towering red cedars (some as high as 30 storeys), and its rich salmon streams. The fate of the Great Bear Rainforest and its promise to future generations is a story that can only be written by us. [Save The Great Bear]
The campaign is reaching out through all means of social media. You can show your support by writing a blog post, sending an e-message, joining the Facebook Group, following the Twitter feed, or entering the Flickr photo contest.
Growing up on the West Coast you can’t help but appreciate the natural beauty that’s all around us, and even though Stanley Park is the closest thing I currently have to a vast expanse of forest in this city (proper), every day I can’t wait to head out on another journey, trek, camping trip, or getaway to the less populated, and more moss-covered areas of our province.
But an area like the Great Bear Rainforest is in a class of its own, being an invaluable asset to the province, the country, and the planet. This region is roughly 77,000 square kilometers and home to three species of bear (grizzly, black, and kermode – or spirit bear), thousands of unique plants and millions of migratory birds. It is also the home of several First Nations who have inhabited the region for thousands of years.
Hopefully by getting involved in the campaign, which is as simple as clicking the mouse a few times and informing yourself – especially with another Provincial election in the spring, we can remind the government to keep its promise come March 2009.