Speak up now to protect the Peel!

I received this alert in my email from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to share:

Dear Eldy,

The Yukon government is about to make an historic decision about the future of one of the world’s most precious natural treasures, the Peel Watershed.

After six years of thorough consultation and careful consideration that went into developing the Peel Land Use Planning Commission’s Final Recommended Plan, released in 2011, the Yukon Government has suddenly decided to shelve it. Instead, they’re putting forward a completely new proposal they developed unilaterally, without the input of the Commission, local First Nations or the general public.

We need YOUR voice to support the Commission’s Final Recommended Plan for the Peel. This plan provides a fair and balanced approach to regional land use planning. It provides the strongest likelihood of protecting this extraordinary landscape, while honouring public support and local First Nations’ desire to protect their traditional territory and still leaving some of the watershed open to paced industral development.

Let the Yukon government know you don’t want a plan that would allow roads, mining, and oil and gas development throughout our treasured Peel watershed. Take action NOW!

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2463/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=12268

The Yukon government is about to make an historic decision about the future of one of the world’s most precious natural treasures, the Peel Watershed. Home to the largest constellation of wild mountain rivers in North America, the 68,000 square kilometre watershed is one of the last great intact ecosystems on the continent.

CPAWS supporters and individuals from across the country participated in consultations that helped the Peel Land Use Planning Commission shape its Final Recommended Plan, released in 2011, which recommends protecting 80% of the Peel’s extraordinary wilderness. This honours the overwhelming support by First Nations and the Yukon public for Peel protection while still leaving some of the watershed open to paced industrial development.

Despite all of the time, effort, thorough consultation and careful consideration that went into the Commission’s Final Recommended Plan, the Yukon Government has now decided to shelve it. Instead, they’re putting forward a completely new proposal they developed unilaterally, without the input of the Commission, local First Nations, or the general public.

Speak up now to protect the Peel!

Join with First Nations, local people, tourism organizations and guide outfitters to support the Commission’s Final Recommended Plan. Let the Yukon government know you don’t want a plan that would allow roads, mining, and oil and gas development throughout our treasured Peel Watershed.

The deadline for action is February 18, 2013.

Sign on now:

I support the Peel Planning Commission’s 2011 Final Recommended Plan, recommending permanent protection of 55% of the watershed, interim protection of 25% and carefully regulated industrial development in the remainder. This is a fair and balanced approach to land use planning in the Peel.

The Peel’s wilderness supports thriving tourism and guide outfitting industries. Wilderness cannot be preserved by ‘actively managing’ roads, mines and oil and gas development. Wilderness needs real protection.

The Commission’s 2011 Final Recommended Plan is the only legitimate plan that balances the environment and the economy, and that respects land claims agreements with First Nations. Please implement it to preserve the Peel Watershed as a legacy for all Canadians.

Oh yeah, I went and signed the petition for sure.  I strongly believe that the more people that show that they care, the greater the chances are for a successful outcome.  The people must speak…the people must be heard.

Today’s “stone” is  Day 36  we’re melting, we’re messy, but it’s only February

 

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