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May 5, 2009
Please forward far and wide! Received from Western Canada Wilderness Committee:
 
NEW DOCUMENTARY FILM:
"Our Living Legacy: The Threatened Ancient Forests of Vancouver Island and BC's South Coast"
by Jeremy Sean Williams

26 minutes long, in 3 parts on Youtube:
 
Part 1
 
Part 2
 
Part 3
 

This is a powerful new documentary by Jeremy Williams about the campaign to protect the last old-growth forests and forestry jobs on Vancouver Island and BC's South Coast. The fight for ancient forests exploded in 1993 on Vancouver Island in Clayoquot Sound, where thousands of people joined efforts to save the old-growth rainforests, including Dr. David Suzuki and Australian rock band Midnight Oil. In recent years a resurgence in environmental concerns, partly triggered by Al Gore's climate change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth", has also been accompanied by a massive expansion of the ancient forest movement again on Vancouver Island, as thousands of environmentalists and forestry workers join together in solidarity at mass rallies in Victoria organized by the Wilderness Committee.
 
See spectacular images of Vancouver Island's enormous ancient trees, giant stumps and clearcuts, protests, and the export of raw logs to foreign mills.
 
Interviews/ speeches by Arnold Bercov (Pulp, Paper, and Woodworkers of Canada union), Gisele Martin (Tla-ook Cultural Adventures, Nuu-chah-nulth Nation), Eli Enns (Tla-o-qui-aht Tribal Park Coordinator, Nuu-chah-nulth Nation), Ken James (Youbou TimberLess Society), Valerie Langer (Friends of Clayoquot Sound blockade organizer and ForestEthics), Jane Sterk (BC Green Party leader), Bob Simpson (Opposition Forestry Critic), Carole James (NDP BC Leader), and Ken Wu (Wilderness Committee). Also includes a little-known quote by Barack Obama.
 
***NOTE: Although the film was originally released on April 13 on Google, this version essentially has removed the technical problems in the first release. Apologies for the delay.
 

Also, see the Wilderness Committee’s new opinion piece in the Times Colonist at:

http://www.timescolonist.com/Technology/mills+shut+down+blame+Liberals/1544934/story.html

AND DON'T FORGET:

Take part in UPCOMING EVENTS during the SPEAK-UP for ANCIENT FORESTS and BC JOBS – 10 DAYS OF ACTION campaign between May 2 to 11, including:

 

TOMORROW, Saturday, May 2:  BIKE RIDE AND RALLY for Ancient Forests!

If you have a bike, please join us!!

Meet 12:00 noon at the University of Victoria SUB (Cinecenta side), then ride to Mount Doug Park, arriving at 12:45 pm in the parking lot at the base of the mountain for a couple speeches among the giant Douglas firs!

Facebook Page at:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=79057446796

Organized by AFROG (Action FoR Old-Growth). Contact Marlie van Roy at oldgrowthcamosun@gmail.com 

***NOTE: This is NOT a naked bike ride – please keep your clothes on for this one!

 

Monday, May 4:  VICTORIA - Speak Up for Ancient Forests – FREE Bumper and Bike Stickers!

12:00 noon -1:00 pm, Wilderness Committee office and store, 651 Johnson St., Victoria

We have NEW "Save our Ancient Forests and Ban Raw Log Exports" bumper stickers and bike stickers, 250 each! We will be giving these away for FREE for those who show up between 12 noon to 1 pm on Monday, May 4 to our Victoria downtown office and store, and afterwards will sell them at cost. Please come down on Monday during lunch hour and show your support for our campaign!

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=91610008176#/event.php?eid=81220751149

 

Wednesday, May 6: SAANICH - Pre-Election Walk for Ancient Forests in John Dean Provincial Park

1:00-2:00 pm, parking lot of John Dean Park (at the end of Dean Park Road), Saanich

Come for a small hike with the Wilderness Committee’s Ken Wu in one of the finest old-growth Douglas fir ecosystems left in BC and find out what you can do in Saanich or anywhere else in BC to help the campaign to ensure that all politicians understand the need to protect our last old-growth forests and forestry jobs on Vancouver Island.

Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=91610008176#/event.php?eid=79008357257

 

 

Saturday, May 9: BURNABY - Rally for Ancient Forests and BC Jobs

1:00-1:30 pm

Burnaby MLA Richard Lee’s office

1833 Willingdon Avenue (by Buchanan St., 1 block north of Lougheed highway and across from Brentwood Mall)

Come for a brief but important rally and petition drive to end old-growth logging on BC’s South Coast and to ban raw log exports!   Organized by the Burnaby and Coquitlam Ancient Forest Committee

 

Saturday, May 9: VICTORIA Benefit Concert for the Wilderness Committee, “The Forests for the Trees”, featuring Giraffe Aftermath, Fuzzcat, Day to Day, and Aegis Fang. 9:30 pm – 2:00 am, 1415 Broad St., Victoria  Events Center.  $13 advance, $15 at the door. Tickets at Lyle’s Place and Hemp and Company. Presented by West Coast Creative. Sponsored by CFUV, Hemp and Company, Camosun Students for Environmental Awareness.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=73909066505

 

Monday, May 11: OAK BAY (Victoria) – PETITION PARADE and RALLY for ANCIENT FORESTS and BC JOBS - more details To Be Announced...

 

Please SIGN our ONLINE PETITIONS at:
www.voteforoldgrowth.org
www.bcoilslick.org
www.okanaganpetition.org
www.viforest.org

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Posted: May 5, 2009 3:14pm
Jan 28, 2009
Reading one wonderful story submitted on Care2 News, I came across this one, definitely worth sharing.  


In this forest village of India, every marriage ceremony is followed by planting two trees, one by the bride and the other by the groom. This is an excellent medium for generating awareness among villagers regarding environmental issues.

Maiti Van is a campaign launched by WWF-India in the state of Uttaranchal under the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) Program. Started in February 2006, this innovative program encourages marrying couples to plant saplings during their marriage ceremony.

Whenever there is a marriage in any of the TAL’s target villages, two saplings, one of fruit and the other of fodder species, are given by WWF-India, as a gift to the bride’s family. The bride and bridegroom plant the saplings on their wedding day. This activity has helped encourage plantation on private land in target villages.

The local community has readily accepted this new tradition and suggested that WWF-India also provide them with saplings on other occasions such as the namkaran samaroh (celebrations of giving name to a new born child), grahpravesh (celebrating entry into a new house) and many other auspicious occasions.

A local villager says,"We believe that if the plant is healthy and growing well then the newlywed daughter is also happy at her husband’s home”. This belief motivates people to take proper care of the growing trees.

Earlier planting tree species on the edges of fields was thought to  have a negative impact on crop but now the approach is changing. The innovative idea of Maiti van is having a positive impact on local communities and should bear fruit for the future generations.

Each sapling is a reminder of these important events.

We should all do it!

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Posted: Jan 28, 2009 7:57am
Sep 3, 2008

Public Event Vancouver Sept 10 - GE trees and crops for biofuel: Industry Conference hits Vancouver

 - Please distribute widely - Public Event


Nightmare Biofuels?: How biotech corporations are cashing in on the climate, energy and food crisis to push dangerous new technologies

Come and hear reports from the biotech industry conference!

Wednesday, September 10, 7:30 pm
Heritage Hall
3102 Main Street, Vancouver

Speakers: 
Josh Brandon, Agriculture Campaigner, Greenpeace; 
Lucy Sharratt, Coordinator, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network;
with others reporting from the conference

All are welcome. Free Admission. Donations accepted.

Biofuels have pushed up food prices and are failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions.  Now big oil, seed, forest and chemical corporations are teaming up to promise salvation through new fuels from genetically engineered trees, new GE crops, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.  These products threaten to expand the disaster of genetic engineering and agrofuels into new, uncharted territory.  What are the new technologies that corporations are pushing and how far will they go to get their way?

Monsanto and the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) are meeting in Vancouver, September 10-12, at a major industry conference to plan the next phase for biofuels. 
http://www.bio.org/ind/pacrim/08/ 

Join the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network, Greenpeace and GE Free BC for an evening of discussion and action.  Come hear direct reports from panelists attending the conference, about Monsanto's latest plans to turn life into fuel.

For info or to get involved: info@cban.ca
For more information see: http://www.cban.ca/agrofuels

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