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e-2914 (Environment)

Initiated by Victor Brice from Nanaimo, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • British Columbia’s coastal valley-bottom old-growth forests with very large trees are endangered due to industrial logging;
  • ‘Old-growth forests’ describes forests that contain trees that are more than 250 years old;
  • These forests are rich and diverse ecosystems that support endangered plants and wildlife;
  • Protecting old-growth forests is essential for Indigenous cultural practices and maintaining biodiversity;
  • We are in a climate crisis;
  • Old-growth forests are instrumental for keeping carbon out of our atmosphere, and for flood and fire mitigation;
  • Large-scale industrial logging is not sustainable;
  • Old-growth forests are not a renewable resource;
  • 75% of B.C.’s old-growth forests, including thousand year old trees, have already been logged;
  • Only 3% of B.C.’s original forests with very big, and very old trees remain;
  • According to independent research, the amount of old-growth forests is misrepresented by BC government reports, because the government includes non-productive and small tree sub-alpine forests as ‘old-growth’;
  • These types of forests are not BC’s iconic old-growth forests with very large trees;
  • Forestry falls under provincial jurisdiction;
  • The provincial government is responsible for sustainably managing forests;
  • The federal Minister for Environment and Climate Change has a mandate to protect our environment, conserve our natural heritage, and ensure a clean, safe and sustainable environment for present and future generations; and
  • Protecting old-growth forests should fall under this mandate.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Request that the Minister of Environment and Climate Change work with the provinces on protecting valley bottom, high productivity old-growth forests with large trees; and
2. Introduce federal legislation that protects all old-growth forests.
Open for signature
October 22, 2020, at 4:35 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
December 21, 2020, at 4:35 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Paul Manly
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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