News in from Wilderness Committee….what a great time of year for these young people to bring this important issue to our attention:
Did you know that caribou are the same species as reindeer?
That was one of the lessons learned by a group of students from ten different high schools last Friday. Another lesson was that the Manitoba government first committed to protecting caribou habitat in 2000—12 years ago. Both the federal and provincial governments have listed caribou as endangered or threatened and stated that the caribou need more of their home forest protected, yet progress has stalled.
While attending the Manitoba Environmental Youth Network’s Greenspace Conference, students aged 12-18 heard about the need for increased caribou habitat protection in Manitoba and decided to act. Groups broke out into brainstorming sessions and together wrote a blog, letter-writing tool and news release on the issue. One even volunteered to become a spokesperson!
It was truly inspiring to see so many young people from different backgrounds come together on this issue. Perhaps one of the clearest messages that came out of that day was this:
“It is our job as a society to use our voices to get the message out, to protect woodland caribou.”
Simple, straightforward, and true. It is our job and we have a duty to act. Please support the students’ efforts and help spread the word. You can view their blog post here and visit the letter-writing tool here to send a personal message to provincial leaders about the need for more caribou protection.
The holidays are a season for giving—let’s give the forests back to the woodland caribou!
Eric Reder | Manitoba Campaign Director
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Today’s “stone” is Day 346 important message, importance of youth today, kudos