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Forests Can Only Fight Climate Change If We Become Better Stewards


Science & Tech  (tags: Boreal, Canada, climate change, ecosystems, environment, forests, logging, old growth, tar sands, temperate rainforest )

Julie
- 1061 days ago - thetyee.ca
Canadians are stewards of 10 per cent of the world's forests, one-third of the planet's fragile boreal forest and one-quarter of the remaining intact forests on Earth. There is no other nation whose citizens could contribute more to saving our forests.



   

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Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 6:46 am
Thanks for posting. The importance of trees cannot be overstated.

As David Milarch explains in the book, The Man Who Planted Trees, "Trees are solar collectors. Most people equate that with the sun's energy. But the sun is only one star, and there are billions of stars that influence the Earth with their radiation. I believe energies inside the earth are transmuted and transmitted into the cosmos by the trees, so the trees are like antennas, senders and receivers of earth energies and stellar energies."
 

Freya H (345)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 6:48 am
We must work like mules to save our planet. Save the forests, plant more trees! But it's not enough to give to charity, or just chonk a sapling in a hole - we have to know what we are doing. Plant the right trees in the right places, and make sure that the charities you support do what they promise. Check Charity Navigator before you donate.
 

Julie P (154)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 7:26 am
According to Forest Ethics, the annual global average paper consumption per capita is 120 pounds. The North American average is over 500 pounds annually per person.

http://www.forestethics.org/paper-the-facts

"The Canadian Boreal forms part of the greater Boreal Forest, which stores more carbon than
any other terrestrial ecosystem on earth.12 Despite this natural ability to protect us from the effects
of global warming, the Canadian Boreal is being logged at a rate of 2 acres a minute, 24
hours a day13 to produce junk mail and other paper products"

http://www.forestethics.org/sites/forestethics.huang.radicaldesigns.org/files/dnmFactSheet.pdf

"U.S. magazine production uses more than 2.2 million tons of paper per year, and this number is increasing as some sectors of the industry experience tremendous growth. Magazines are printed almost exclusively on papers made from virgin fiber, resulting in more than 35 million trees being cut down each year."

"Almost 3 billion magazines on newsstands are never read. About 4.7 billion magazines are delivered to newsstands each year. As a result of the above wasteful practices, about 2.9 billion of these are never read - enough magazines, placed end to end, to circle the Earth 20 times."

http://www.mindfully.org/Sustainability/Magazine-Environmental-Impacts.htm

I used to buy lots of gardening magazines. Once I read these statistics, years ago, I stopped buying magazines and vowed to never buy another.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 8:08 am
We can only do so much. We can beg-sign petitions+still in the end the gov does what it wants with our precious forests/wildlife. Take the repulsive seal hunt that goes on every yr 4 example--99% of Canadians want it stopped yet it continues. Our voices are seldom heard. Very frustrating but we fight on. At least the Harper days are long gone so yes there's some hope with the Trudeau gov. thanks
 

Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 2:03 pm
Thank God we have now Justin Trudeau as our new prime minister. So many beautiful redwood trees have been cut down by some politicians before, and I hope this will be finally stopped and everything is being done in order to save our environment.
Thanks.
 

Roger G (148)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 2:24 pm
noted, thanks
 

Patricia N (9)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 3:45 pm
Hope Justin is better with environment but he still loves the tar sands and that dirty oil and pipelines. I voted for Elizabeth may and the green party who really care for the environment.
 

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 7:56 pm
So far we suck at being planet guardians. We need to do a whole lot better. Thanks.
 

Terre P (0)
Saturday February 27, 2016, 10:08 pm
As a Canadian living on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, I have done all I can to stop logging, especially the clear cutting that happens all too often. The people who say -- oh they are planting new trees to replace the ones they cut -- they don't get that the old trees, the old growth, is more important and vital and new and young trees. Sometimes education just doesn't seem to work.
 
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