A CPAWS newsletter to shr

Here is a great newsletter that I got in my email from CPAWS to share:

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FISHY BUSINESS ON PARLIAMENT HILL

On March 5th, CPAWS staff members presented the names of over 16,000 Canadians and people around the world who signed on to our Dare to be Deep campaign for better oceans protection.

These citizens share a common concern and are making their point loud and clear—our oceans are under-protected and the Government needs to do something about it!

To learn more visit www.DaretobeDeep.com

 

ELK RIVER POISONED BY COAL MINING

A new study indicates that the Elk River in southeast B.C. is being poisoned by toxic levels of selenium leaching from open-pit coal mines, creating a crisis for fish and other species.

These findings point to the urgent need for a national park in the Flathead River Valley and an adjoining Wildlife Management Area to protect and conserve this extraordinary ecosystem. Read more here.

Photo: Michael Ready, iLCP

THE IMPORTANCE OF MARINE PROTECTED AREAS- A PANEL DISCUSSION

Alexandra Barron, CPAWS-BC’s Marine Conservation Coordinator joined with other marine experts for a lively discussion on Marine Protected Areas in front of a packed house at the Vancouver Aquarium last Thursday. The value, significance, and need for marine protected areas was a made clear by comments from presenters and audience members alike.

Read more here.

TELL US WHY YOU LOVE THE SOUTH OKANAGAN-SIMILKAMEEN

We’ve got the science to prove that a national park reserve is needed, and now we need people like you to help show that people love the area and want it protected in a park.

We are looking for people to share their stories, memories and pictures of that moment they fell in love with the South Okanagan.

Send us an email with your stories and pictures to info@cpawsbc.org

HAVE YOUR SAY IN THE FUTURE OF SPECIES AT RISK IN B.C.

The B.C. Government has released a new draft plan for species at risk entitled “At Risk: A Draft Five-Year Plan for British Columbia,” open for comment until April 12th.  As highlighted by the BC Auditor General’s recent report on biodiversity, B.C.’s current policies on this issue are inadequate, doing little to protect caribou, burrowing owls and other iconic species. Despite having the highest number of species at risk in all of Canada, BC is one of only two provinces that do not have stand-alone legislation providing real protection.

Give your feedback to the Ministry of Environment now.

BETTER FUTURE FUND

A bold new initiative has been established in B.C. to increase and expand the carbon tax to generate as much as $1 Billion in new revenue, and then direct a portion of that revenue into a trio of climate solutions funds.  Learn more about the Better Future Fund here. 

EVENTS

Telephone Town Hall- Protecting B.C.’s Northern Coastal Waters Wednesday, April 10th, 7:00-8:00pm, FREE

From the comfort of your home, you can join in a lively discussion about ocean conservation in the North Pacific Ocean. Marine conservation experts will share their knowledge and answer your questions.  Sign up here to join the phone call. 

Get Outside BC Application Opens April 2nd!

Do you love to spend time outside? Are you a youth who is passionate about the outdoors and leadership?  Then you need to join, Get Outside BC– the youth-network that is leading the outdoor movement in B.C.  Application forms are available at www.getousidebc.ca.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?

To celebrate Earth Day, the CPAWS-BC team will be dressing up on Saturday, April 20th as caribou, salmon and other wild creatures to join in the Earth Day Parade in Vancouver put on by Youth for Climate Justice Now, a youth-led group based out of a local Vancouver high-school.  Join us in costume or simply come be wild with us as we celebrate our beautiful, wild world. 

YOU’LL HEAR FROM US AGAIN IN MAY!

As a non-partisan environmental organization, it is important that we do not infringe on Third Party Election Advertising laws during the BC provincial election, therefore we have chosen to postpone our next e-newsletter until after the May 2013 election. Please don’t hesitate to contact our office with any questions or for updates during the election period.

ABOUT THIS NEWSLETTER

The CPAWS-BC monthly e-newsletter allows us to connect with our membership on a regular basis. Please feel free to circulate the newsletter among your own contacts and network. We welcome comments or feedback on the newsletter format or content – send us an email!

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) is a national non-profit organization. CPAWS exists to help conserve wild nature in Canada. We have been protecting Canada’s nature since 1963 – that’s 49 years of successful conservation experience. Since the founding of CPAWS, we have played a significant role in protecting over 150 million acres of Canada’s wild spaces.

Our vision is to protect at least 50% of B.C.’s wilderness and oceans, keeping B.C.’s great parks, oceans and ecosystems wild for this century and beyond.

Today’s “stone” is  Day86  spring,spring,spring,ooooh spring

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