The last giants are falling in British Columbia. Old growth forests, home to tall, ancient trees, are still being commercially logged. Now, less than 1% of forests in B.C. are home to stands of large, old trees.
This destruction affects communities across Canada. Healthy, old growth forests clean the air, shield us from fire and flooding, and store massive amounts of carbon. Once logged, it takes hundreds of years to recover the majority of that stored carbon. Protecting old growth forests is one of the most effective things we can do to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
B.C.'s new NDP majority government recently committed to implement all 14 recommendations from the old growth review panel, meaning they should ban logging for the most at-risk old growth forests this November. But we need action, not more empty promises. For the last six months, the government has left the majority of these forests on the chopping block.
These ancient forests need our protection.