9/05/2014

Canada #1 In Ancient Forest Destruction

Industrial liquidation clear cut on Vancouver Island.
Photo: Garth Lenz

Move over Brazil, Canada leads world in forest decline says a new report. The world’s virgin forests are being lost at an increasing rate and the largest portion of the degradation is in Canada, according to the report.

No longer is Brazil the main villain in the struggle to stop forest destruction. We are the global leaders when it comes to driving entire forest ecosystems to extinction, such as the Douglas fir ecozone. That primal forest, which once produced some of the largest trees on the planet, has been reduced to a fraction of 1% remaining. 

And the cutting of ancient trees continues unabated.


“Canada is the number one in the world for the total area of the loss of intact forest landscapes since 2000,” Peter Lee, of Forest Watch Canada, said in an interview.


“There is no political will at federal or provincial levels for conserving primary forests,” he said. “Most logging done in Canada is still to this day done in virgin forests.”

This is not news to those that have witnessed first hand the last grand old forests of Vancouver Island be liquidated for short term profit. But it is not just here that forests are being degraded and destroyed - it is everywhere in Canada where there are trees to be exploited by the greedy grabbers.

It is way past time to stop the destruction wreaked on our forests by callous and calculating pinheads in government and business that just don't know when to stop. The forest can not defend itself against the onslaught - that task is up to us.


“Business as usual will lead to the destruction of most remaining intact forests this century.” 

- Dr. Nigel Sizer, World Resources Institute

4 comments:

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  2. Anonymous30/1/15

    Shameful.

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  3. The logging companies wont stop unless stopped, or a desert is present

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  4. There are a few points I would like to make here. First there was some research done a number of years ago where plants were put into a room that contained speakers. Heavy metal music was played and the plants moved their branches and leaves away from the speakers. Then plants were put into the same room with the same speakers and soft classical music was played. The plants moved their branches and leaves towards the speakers. I found this very interesting. Recently I read an article that showed that plants are sentient beings. The following link will provide you with information regarding this finding.
    The last comment I want to make here is the idea that large companies and corporations can police themselves. What a crock of garbage that is. The best way I can express this is with some work I am involved in. In 2001 there was a meeting at City Hall addressing the release of garbage leachate from compactor garbage trucks. One of the comments made was that the companies could be trusted to police themselves. Not!!!
    The following link shows this is not a good idea. In 2008, 2009 and 2013 these video clips were filmed and they show what happens when we trust companies and large corporations to police themselves. https://youtu.be/QDI656cZ66U
    We need to create a system of governing that is not able to be bought. Leaving everything to politicians obviously does not work. There are good people and evil people in all walks of life but we cannot allow the evil people to have control of our Earth. Doing so makes us all victims of their greed for money and power. The way I see it is we need to take back and maintain control. I'm not saying I know all of the answers but if a country like Iceland can change how their country, their banking and their political system is maintained then surely it is possible to make changes happen elsewhere. Just sitting and saying this is not working and showing the devastation that is occurring is not enough. We need to collectively act. The greedy liars need to go and people need to obtain and maintain the control.

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