Protecting the Canadian Great Bear Rainforest


This Greenpeace video from Canada says about itself:

4 April 2011

The story of the campaign to protect Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest, and how a landmark agreement has so far secured the protection of half of the natural old growth forest – with a goal to protect 70 per cent by 2014.

The Great Bear Rainforest campaign demonstrates that out of conflict and peaceful resistance, it is possible to work towards solutions. It inspires our work in the Amazon, the Congo and Indonesia today.

Canadian bears end long hibernation: here.

B.C. rainforest under threat: environmentalists: here.

As Amazon deforestation surges, killing of environmentalists continues in Brazil: here.

More police will be sent to the Amazon rainforest, the Brazilian government said today, after three rural activists were killed in less than a week: here.

Benjamin Dangl, Truthout: “Early in the morning on May 24, in the northern Brazilian Amazon, Jose Claudio Ribeiro da Silva and his wife Maria do Espirito Santo da Silva got onto a motorcycle near the nature reserve they had worked on for over two decades. As the couple rode past the jungle they dedicated their lives to protecting, gunmen hiding near a bridge opened fire, killing them both. Brazilian law enforcement officials said that the killing appeared to be the work of hired gunmen, due to the fact that an ear was cut off each of the victims. This is often done to prove to whoever paid for the killings that the job was carried out. The murder took place the same day the Brazilian Congress passed a change to the forestry code that would allow agribusinesses and ranchers to clear even more land in the Amazon jungle. Deforestation rose 27 percent from August 2010 to April 2011, largely due to soybean plantations. That number will likely rise again if the changes to the forestry code are passed by the Senate”: here.

6 thoughts on “Protecting the Canadian Great Bear Rainforest

  1. 2-year logging ban comes into force

    INDONESIA: The government has imposed a two-year ban on cutting down peatland and primary forests as part of a £620 million deal with Norway.

    The decree will protect up to 158 million acres from logging and conversion into palm oil and other plantations in the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

    Norway will pay a fixed sum per ton of CO2 that Indonesia reduces through rainforest preservation.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/104931

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  2. Activists rally to keep forests safe

    BRAZIL: About 1,000 people gathered in Sao Paulo on Sunday to protest against environmental law changes that they say would increase deforestation in the Amazon.

    Brazil’s Congress is expected to vote this week on whether to ease environmental laws in favour of Brazilian agribusinesses that are seeking more space to raise cattle.

    Big landowners are supporting a Bill that would let them clear half the land on their properties in environmentally sensitive areas.

    Current law allows farmers to clear just 20 per cent of their land in the Amazon zone.

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/105003

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  3. NRDC is doing exceptional work on behalf of our fragile planet, and they need us to raise our voices against an alarming environmental threat.

    The energy giant Enbridge is planning a pipeline that would bring supertankers carrying millions of barrels of dirty tar sands oil into the Spirit Bear’s rainforest home. A catastrophic spill could destroy the Spirit Bear Coast in a matter of days and doom the white bear to oblivion. Many native people of the coastal First Nations have depended on this rainforest for survival for thousands of years.

    Please stand against the tyranny of fossil fuel dependency by signing this petition to the Premier of British Columbia to stand up to Big Oil and protect the Spirit Bear Coast from an all but inevitable manmade catastrophe.

    Bob Fertik

    Dear Activist,

    The Spirit Bear is a rare all-white bear, native only to the coastal rainforest of Canada’s British Columbia. A decade ago NRDC fought to save the last 400 Spirit Bears from clearcut logging. Today, they are threatened again, this time by Big Oil.

    Energy giant Enbridge is planning a pipeline that would bring supertankers carrying millions of barrels of dirty tar sands oil into the Spirit Bear’s rainforest home. Those tankers would have to navigate a coastal passage narrower than that which sank the Exxon Valdez – all to carry oil halfway around the world to China. A catastrophic spill could destroy the Spirit Bear Coast in a matter of days and doom the white bear to oblivion. Many native people of the coastal First Nations have depended on this rainforest for survival for thousands of years.

    Please stand against the tyranny of fossil fuel dependency by signing this petition to the Premier of British Columbia to stand up to Big Oil and protect the Spirit Bear Coast from an all but inevitable manmade catastrophe.

    Sincerely,

    Frances Beinecke, President
    Natural Resources Defense Council

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