Fifty-eight scientists, organizations, businesses and advocates across British Columbia are calling for a major expansion of BC’s Parks and Protected Areas to preserve biodiversity and take meaningful action on climate change.
The stunning ecosystems of Canada’s most biodiverse province are gravely threatened by extreme environmental degradation and fragmentation. Habitat loss has contributed to over 1,800 documented Species at Risk in BC alone, and the rapid loss of indicator species such as BC’s iconic Mountain Caribou warns of complete ecosystem collapse that also threatens human survival.
The Grow BC Parks Coalition is petitioning the Provincial and First Nation governments of British Columbia to immediately protect BC’s remaining intact natural areas by increasing Class A parks and legislated Tribal Parks to 30% of the provincial landbase. The coalition is calling for an additional 20% of the provincial landbase to be protected in conservation areas legislated for carbon storage/sequestration and biodiversity preservation, in line with leading scientists’ recommendations.
Scientists predict that half of the terrestrial realm must be rapidly preserved to save the planet from biodiversity and climate crisis, but the province is quickly converting the last of British Columbia’s old growth forests and other biodiverse, carbon storing ecosystems to biologically impoverished tree farms. This devastating loss contributes more carbon emissions to the atmosphere than even fossil fuel use in British Columbia, and is a driving factor in BC’s extinction crisis. BC is running out of time to preserve its ecological legacy and its most resilient remaining ecosystems that are necessary to sustain life in the coming decades of change.
Many groups are lobbying for more protected areas but are faced with major government inaction at a time when ecological protection is needed more than ever. Please join the movement and speak up for change!
Four ways you can help:
3) Distribute Grow BC Parks decals to help spread the word.
(Like the image above. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to order decals for car bumpers etc.)
4) Contact the ministers to let them know if you want a major parks expansion!
The Honourable Doug Donaldson
Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations
PO Box 9049 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
Phone: 250 387-6240, Fax: 250 387-1040
The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
Phone: 613-996-5322, Fax: 613-996-5323
The Honourable George Heyman, M.L.A.
Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
PO Box 9047 Stn Prov Gov
Victoria, BC V8W 9E2
Phone: 250 387-1187, Fax: 250 387-1356
The Honourable John Horgan
Premier of British Columbia
East Annex, Parliament Buildings
Victoria, BC V8V 1X4
Phone: 250 387-1715, Fax: 250 387-0087
Mail a copy to your local mla and mp!
Grow BC Parks Coalition
- Valhalla Wilderness Society
- Wolf Awareness Inc
- BC Nature
- Mt Willet Wilderness Forever
- Lifeforce Foundation
- Strathcona Wilderness Institute
- Ymir Community Watershed Society
- Friends of West Kootenay Parks Society
- Friends of the Lardeau River
- Zoocheck Canada
- Comox Valley Nature
- Canadian Society of Environmental Biologists
- Valhalla Foundation for Ecology
- Wildlife Defence League
- Pacific Wild
- Boundary Forest Watershed Stewardship Society
- Williams Lake Climate Action Coalition
- Get Bear Smart Society
- The Fur-Bearers
- Spectacled Bears Conservation Society
- Speak Up For Wildlife Foundation
- Northern Lights Wildlife Wolf Center
- Morgan Rauscher – Professor, Green Technology
- Ray Maichin – Conservationist, Photographer
- Ryan Simmonds – Wildlife Guide, Naturalist
- Trevor Goward – Lichenologist
- Anita den Dikken – Wildlife Conservationist
- Evelyn Kirkaldy – Artist, Bear Smart Educator
- On Root Project
- Dr. Gosia Bryja – Conservation Scientist
- Justice for BC Grizzlies
- George Rammell – Artist
- Stop Animal Brutality
- Briony Penn – Author, Ecologist
- Reno Sommerhalder – Bear Guide, Author
- Antreas Pogiatzis – Biologist
- Megin Peake – Volunteer Coordinator at the Strathcona Wilderness Institute
- DeerSafe, Kelly Carson
- Matthew Waterhouse – Biologist, Okanagan College
- Tyson Ehlers – Forest Ecologist
- Lisa Dahlseide – Conservation Biologist
- Animal Protection Party
- Holly Arntzen, Artist Response Team
- Len Vanderstar – R.P.Bio, RCGS Fellow
- Judy Malone, Tourists Against Trophy Hunting
- Melissa Hart – Inland Temperate Rainforest Campaigner
- Jim Pojar – Forest Ecologist
- Waya Aeon – Assistant Bear Guide
- Barbara Brown – Artist
- Fluidpower Health and Performance
- Ocean Light II Adventures Ltd
- Maple Leaf Adventures
- Kootenay Reflections Photography
- Ocean Adventures Charter Co. Ltd.
- Steve Williamson Photography
- Cottonwood Falls Animal Clinic
- Bears Matter Consulting
The Grow BC Parks Coalition would like to thank the Glasswaters Foundation and other donors for supporting the campaign to increase BC’s protected areas.