To stop Old Growth logging on Vancouver island and elsewhere

To stop Old Growth logging on Vancouver island and elsewhere

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Steven Parry started this petition to BC Premiere Horgan and

To Premiere John Horgan, Jill Kot, Lori Wanamaker, Silas Brownsey and all members of the BC NDP Government - CC’d also to Federal MPs and media sources

I wrote on Monday to request Premiere Horgan’s office send details on the clear cutting of ‘old growth’ forests on Vancouver Island and how the NDP government is managing Canada’s forests for the future and to help fight climate change. I also want to know how the BC government intends to preserve some of the old growth forests as 'heritage sites' for future generations to see. I asked that someone from your government get back to me within 48 hours. I am saddened that no one has bothered to lift a finger and respectfully reply to me as a fellow Canadian. It is so sad to see a New Democratic Party in the back pockets of the Lumber giant Teal Jones Group, as they systematic target particular trees in OUR last old growth forests -especially at a time where the world needs forests more than ever to absorb carbon and help fight climate change and global warming. The value of these colossal trees is at a premium and Teal Jones knows they can gouge Canadian consumers with exorbitant wood prices for their sheer greed -all under the radar as Canadians still face a Covid-19 threat!  As I indicated in my first communication with you, we are not living in Brazil under Jair Bolsonaro – we are in Canada and our flag has a tree leaf on it! We are an environmentally conscious nation with an international promise to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030. So why is the BC government doing exactly what Jair Bolsonaro is doing to the Brazilian rain forest?  I don’t get how any of you can sleep at night allowing this to happen on your watch. How can a member of an NDP party have lost all their moral compass and be yielding to big business. I have two daughters who live in BC (one is studying to be a Doctor and the other in International Relations) who both love the environment and the forests of BC. They will never vote for an NDP government with such a bad track record on environment and open support of corporate greed. These disgraceful environmental decisions allowing the systematic targeted attack on Canada’s oldest trees will seal your fate as a party of prominence in BC - but much more importantly deny generations of Canadians a chance at sharing the beauty of our country’s incredible natural biodiversity. A 250-1000 year old living tree that absorbs huge amounts of carbon and helps us fight climate change should be cherished, admired and encouraged - not chain sawed by such a primitive, short-sighted, mindset of greed! it is disgusting -and it will never be forgotten on your watch!

Look, I am just a regular Canadian citizen asking some simple questions, and I won’t stop until I get a  reply and full transparency on your government’s management of OUR Canadian forests and a preservation plan for first growth ‘Heritage’ trees on Vancouver island and elsewhere in BC.

Respectfully

Capt. Steven Parry

Ottawa

 

FYI: Coastal temperate rainforests, like the moss-laden landscapes of Vancouver Island (larger than Belgium), cover less than one per cent of the planet. They purify air and water; shelter salmon, cedar and medicines integral to First Nations; and cool down regional climates by producing a near constant drizzle. The most biologically productive of these forests — those with the greatest variety of species and largest trees — gulp and store more carbon than any other above-ground environment. Their structure and diversity also means they’re less vulnerable to fires, floods and natural disturbances. In other words, they’re one of our best defences in the fight against global climate change. “Old growth” is a simple term for complex ecosystems that have evolved over long periods of time and are home to thousands, if not millions, of plant and animal species. Their multi-storied canopies are often compared to cathedrals for the way they filter light between columns of trees that range from saplings to prehistoric giants. The province’s definition for coastal old growth is a forest containing trees more than 250-years-old. Quoted from The Narwhal

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Monday May 24th 2021

Dear Mr. Horgan

I have been a supporter of yours from afar here in Ottawa. As a Canadian citizen with two daughters living and studying in BC, I am alarmed by the news reports of your government’s favoured injunction to proceed with cutting down 2000 year old first growth forest on Vancouver island. Vancouver island is in BC, Canada -a civilized and democratic society with a great social consciousness for biodiversity. We are not Brazil under Jair Bolsonaro. What is happening right in front of all Canadians is akin to killing the last whale of a species, or shooting the last Black Rhino. Please explain your rationale? No jobs are worth killing the very last 2000 year old first growth forest in the nation. There surely must be equal jobs and revenue gained from reforested areas within the huge range of the greedy, gouging Teal Jones Logging group. Please explain to me as a fellow Canadian citizen what your government is doing to maintain these magnificent 'heritage' trees for our future generations to experience? You must have not only an ecological plan but also a designated 'heritage' area that you are preserving? 'In good faith' please enlighten me on your ecological management of the Vancouver island development and send your environmental survey, public relations and heritage documentation. I ask that you respond to this letter within the next 48 hours or I will feel that you are dismissing my concerns as a fellow Canadian citizen.

Respectfully 

Capt. Steven Parry 

Ottawa

 

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