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On the campaign trail during the recent B.C. election, the NDP committed to implement a series of independent recommendations on old growth forests – and then they won a majority government. To keep this promise, the new government must immediately ban the logging of at-risk old growth forests once taking office.

But while the B.C. NDP was first directed to put at-risk old growth forests off limits to logging in April, they are still procrastinating. And election promises mean nothing without a detailed plan to make them a reality. These irreplaceable forests are still on the chopping block, and if Premier John Horgan doesn’t act now, we could lose them forever.

Public pressure from across Canada is what first pushed Premier Horgan to make this election promise on old growth, but now pressure is needed again to force him to follow through.

Will you sign our new petition calling on Premier Horgan to keep his election promise and act fast to protect old growth forests from logging?


Horgan keep your promise

British Columbia was once filled with thousands of kilometers of intact old growth forests, but now big, old trees only exist in small fragments – teetering on the brink of extinction. Healthy old growth forests store 30-50 times more carbon than secondary forests and are far more resilient to forest fires. With record breaking wildfires through forests along the west coast of the U.S. to Australia, Siberia and the Amazon over the past year, it’s even more crucial to protect these last standing giants.

But the B.C. NDP are running out of time to act. An independant, old growth review panel urged them to pass a logging ban on vulnerable old growth forests “as quickly as possible” back in April – and it’s now been over 6 months.

At the same time, the province must work in partnership with Indigenous Nations to build long-term protection strategies for forests that respect Indigenous sovereignty and support economic alternatives. Even though the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act was enacted in B.C. a year ago, many Nations are still being forced to engage in court action to secure land rights and stop old growth logging on their territories. The Nuchatlaht Nation – whose territory is on Vancouver Island – is currently fighting a groundbreaking title case to claim their land on Nootka Island, which has been devastated by industrial logging for almost a century.

To move forward on old growth protection and to honour Indigenous rights, the B.C. government must break clean from their poor track record. We won’t tolerate any more excuses.

With thousands of people adding their name to the petition calling on Premier Horgan to keep his promise, we should finally see immediate protection for the last standing giants in B.C.

50,000+ people in the community took action to make this a key issue in the B.C.election, and together, we did just that. Public outcry was enough to push the NDP to join the Greens in their commitment to implementing the old growth panel recommendations. Now we need to hold them to their election promise – but I'm not concerned. We’ve protected millions of acres of at risk forest before in areas like the Great Bear Rainforest.

Our team is fewer than 50 people, but this community is more than 450,000 people strong and growing. With this much people power, we know we can keep incredible old growth giants off the chopping block.

Thank you for taking a stand for forests,

Tegan Hansen
Forest Campaigner

P.S. Khelsilem, Squamish-Kwakwa̱ka̱’wakw elected leader for the Squamish Nation, phrased it powerfully, “Only the John Horgan of 2020 or 2021 will be able to keep the promises he made last week — by 2022 or 2023 and beyond, much of the forests the report suggests taking action on will probably be gone.” [1] We have no time to waste. Will you sign the petition and help pressure the B.C. government to keep its promise?

[1] Horgan Could Be a Leader on Old Growth — but Time Is Running Out, 21 Oct 2020, The Tyee, Khelsilem challenges corporations, industries, and governments to prioritize the well-being of people, our environment, and our climate by creating long-term, effective solutions. None of this work is possible without your support. DONATE $5 San Francisco office: 548 Market Street, Suite 74196, San Francisco, CA 94104-5401 On traditional Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone Lands
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