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"B.C. eco groups call for 50 per cent land conservation"

This is damning in the extreme. What with the combination of pine beetle, forest fires and more the forests have slunk to somewhere in either the "store" or the emitter categories in BC. These people know this, they have been confronted with the science to debunk the theory that arbitrary protection of a random 50% of the forest can do *anything* ... See moreto alleviate climate change.

However, this scam will be touted as a solution, and as a "necessary trade off" to allow for the business as usual of developments that facilitate the expansion of the oil addiction in general and the tar sands in particular. This will be teamed with the destruction of rivers to produce "green energy" that can be sold as an offset-- along with the massive privatizing enclosure of BC's forests. This is the route of the ENGO's of capital, who partner directly with Suncor, AlPac and more.

This scam would be the end of any possibility of preventing catastrophic climate change. When they announced the Great Bear Rainforest it silenced dissent. We all must do whatever we can to derail this from becoming a self-fulfilling prophesy.


B.C. eco groups call for 50 per cent land conservation
Move necessary to fight climate change, environmentalists argue
Dirk Meissner

Victoria, B.C. — The Canadian Press
Jan. 27, 2010

A coalition of environmental groups is calling on the B.C. government to conserve 50 per cent of the province's land base to fight climate change.

Seven B.C.-based groups, including the David Suzuki Foundation, ForestEthics and West Coast Environmental Law Society, are preparing to release a report Thursday that concludes a 50-per-cent conservation target gives plants and animals the opportunity to survive and adapt to the ravages of climate change.

The report is the work of B.C. ecologist and forester Dr. Jim Pojar, who has studied the B.C. ecosystem for more than 30 years.

“A minimum conservation target of 50 per cent is what's necessary to give our plants and animals a fighting chance to adapt while also keeping and drawing more carbon out of the atmosphere so that over time, we can slow and reduce climate change,” said Pojar in a statement released by the environmental groups.

Currently, about 12.5 per cent of B.C.'s land base is under some form of provincial, federal or local park or conservation designation.

John Yap, B.C.'s Climate Action Minister of State, could not be reached immediately for comment.

The report said the 50 per cent number includes expansion of current parks and protected areas, and restoration of other areas. It said the it still leaves room for sustainable resource development in British Columbia.

The report is accompanied by a letter to Premier Gordon Campbell signed by nine leading environmental thinkers who call on the province to move quickly to integrate nature conservation into its climate strategy.

“The continued and potentially dire impacts of climate change can only be avoided or forestalled if we act now to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to slow the rate of ecosystem degradation,” said the one-page letter to Campbell.

University of Victoria climate scientist Andrew Weaver, who has provided climate advice to the B.C. government, is one of the people who signed the letter.

The B.C. government's climate action plan seeks to reduce carbon emissions by one-third by 2020.


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