Currently, half of the Great Bear Rainforest remains open to logging. The recommendation to set aside 70 per cent of the natural old-growth forest has yet to be implemented. It's not just in BC, but globally that many agreements to protect the earth must be realized. Hopefully, at the Earth Summit in Rio, Canada can lead the way.
In Rio, Canada worked pretty hard to make sure no binding agreement on tackling overfishing occurred...or any other agreement for that matter. We can't look to our politicians to help the Earth, but we can look to ourselves. Local efforts from businesses and cities: These are things we can count on.
The world has a trillion dollars to spare and with that money there isn't much we couldn't do to build a more just and sustainable future. Unfortunately, right now governments around the globe are giving this trillion dollars to some of the wealthiest corporations on the planet. We need an energy revolution, we need climate action, and we need to put people ahead of polluters. This trillion dollars is how we pay for it.
I'm not surprised to find out that Canada is promoting the tar sands at the Rio+20 conference on sustainable development and the environment, after all, they have a long and marked history of using these conferences to promote and defend the image of the tar sands abroad. It might not be surprising, but that doesn't mean it isn't wrong.
A 12-year-old Canadian girl -- Severn Cullis-Suzuki -- stands before world leaders at the Earth Summit, expressing the fears and despair of a young generation facing a bleak future for the planet they will inherit. That was 20 years ago. And what has changed?
This emphasis of economy over environment, and indeed, the separation of the two, comes as humanity is undergoing dramatic changes.So we create departments of forests, fisheries and oceans, and environment whose ministers are less concerned with the health, and well-being of forests, fish, oceans than with resources, and the economies that depend on them.