we see the devastation of ancient old growth forest continuing unabated due to logging practices now out of step with popular opinion and common sense;
we are aware of practical and prosperous alternatives to old-growth logging that minimize impacts on the land, the waterways and all its inhabitants;
we know we must work with all stakeholders involved in order to determine a course of action that can be of greatest benefit to all;
we understand the significance of ancient forests as carbon sinks that sequester atmospheric carbon and slow down climate change, and so we deem this benefit, among many others, to be of greater importance than that of limited financial gain;
we recognize the inherent value of the wilderness simply as it is and celebrate the diversity of life it offers in abundance;
we believe the time has come for decisive action in addressing extreme climate damage; and
we long for Canada to stand out on the world stage as a leader in strong environmental stewardship and to preserve what is left so future generations will remember us not for petty accomplishments but for what we left untouched for them.
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, request (or call upon) the Government of Canada to immediately establish an Ancient Forests Preservation Act that maps out all remaining old-growth forests in Canada through consultation and consensus with all stakeholders, including First Nations, to determine the boundaries of a new generation of national parks to be administered by Parks Canada.
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