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As you read this, some of the last old growth trees in British Columbia are falling.
In spite of the unprecedented public pressure that’s been building internationally, the B.C. government is still stalling on its promise to protect at-risk old growth forests across the province.
So we figured it was time to step things up. We teamed up with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, David Suzuki, Mark Ruffalo and a long list of scientists, celebrities and Indigenous leaders to produce a new video that’s going viral online.
The video makes it clear that urgent action is needed from the B.C. government. Not in 3 years. Not in 3 months. Today. Right now.
It’s a powerful video – and we have an ambitious goal to make sure everyone across North America sees it. Including the B.C. Premier, the Minister for Forests, and all decision-makers across the province. Will you help it travel far and wide by watching and sharing it on Facebook right now?
Not on Facebook? Don’t worry. Click here to retweet it on Twitter, re-post it on Instagram, or watch it on YouTube.
Less than 1% of forests in British Columbia still have big, old growth trees. These forest giants are on Indigenous lands and have been taken care of since time immemorial. They are essential in the fight against climate change. They keep the air we breathe and the water we drink clean. But while the government drags its feet, elders, youth, teachers, scientists and many more are going to jail for protecting some of the last ancient trees on unceded Ditidaht and Pacheedaht territories in Fairy Creek.
This movement has been around for generations – led by Indigenous peoples – but tipping moments like these don’t come around very often. And we can’t afford to let them pass us by.
That’s why I’m so excited that we were able to bring together this incredible group of Indigenous leaders, scientists, and celebrities in the space of only a week to put out this powerful call to action. But creating it was just the first step. Now we need to share it with the world.
So, Ed, will you join the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo (yes, they both shared it already 😱 ) in helping this video reach as many people as possible? Click here to watch and share on Facebook.
Or click here to watch and share the video on Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube.
Personally, I do this work because I need to be able to look at my children and my future grandchildren and tell them I did everything I could to save these last old growth ecosystems. That’s why I went to the blockades myself. That’s why I was arrested. And that’s why I will continue to pressure the B.C. government in new and creative ways no matter how many times they have said no before. I do this – and I think we all do what we do in this people-powered movement – because courage is contagious. It’s up to us to show those in power how far we are willing to go to stop the destruction of these beautiful, ancient rainforests.
Thank you so much for being an important member of the Stand.earth community. Every petition signature, every social media post, every donation, every phone call, every protest adds up. I believe that we will succeed in getting the province to make good on its promise to protect old growth, and to give another generation the opportunity to crane their necks up and be amazed at these living beings that have stood here since well before this country was called “Canada.”
It’s our job to make sure that doesn’t happen in 3 years. Or in 3 months. But today. Right now.
International Programs Director