Writing a letter to protect my “marine backyard”

  • Published on Sep 24 2012 |
  • by Jenn Burt |
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I love living next to the ocean! I feel so privileged to live in Vancouver and have one of the richest ocean ecosystems right in my ‘marine backyard.’ Unfortunately the Southern Strait of Georgia, or Salish Sea as it is now officially called, is also one of the busiest marine regions on the West Coast. The increasing level of marine activity translates into increasing stresses – yes marine life get stressed too – on the amazing plants and animals that live in this rich underwater paradise. Luckily, there is a solution on the horizon….

Biologists, artists, and international feasts, oh my!

  • Published on Sep 21 2012 |
  • by Elyse Curley |
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This past August I headed into B.C.’s Flathead Valley for the first time. Wow, was it ever incredible! CPAWS and the rest of the Flathead Wild team held a number of events to celebrate this amazing place and raise awareness of what’s at stake if it’s not protected. We held the B.C. Flathead’s first ever Bioblitz, invited artists to become inspired by its beauty, held a delicious feast right on the border of Montana and B.C., and of course had some time to hike up Mt. Hefty for a stunning view of the valley (see some of the Flathead Wild team pictured on Mt. Hefty below - the Flathead Valley is in the background)...

Good Jobs, Green Jobs, a Green Economy, and Healthy Ecosystems

  • Published on Sep 12 2012 |
  • by Nicola Hill |
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Increasingly, Canadians are being told that the economy is a more pressing issue than the environment. Yet polls show that Canadians continue to regard climate change as a pressing political and moral issue. At CPAWS we agree that economic development and environmental protection are connected and that the long term health of our economy relies on assuring a healthy environment for the future. And the work of GreenJobs BC shows that protecting the environment and the economy can (and should) go hand in hand...

Mom and Daughter trip to the Muskwa-Kechika

  • Published on Sep 05 2012 |
  • by Elyse Curley |
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Since I’ve started working at CPAWS-BC, I’ve often found myself looking through all of the beautiful photos that we have on file to support our various campaigns. We have photos of turquoise glacier-fed rivers, unique Sponge Reefs, sunset-lit grasslands, an alpine meadow complete with a grizzly mama and her cubs… the places that we’re working to protect are truly amazing. However, one photo album that continuously took my breath away when I first started here was the one featuring images from the Muskwa-Kechika. It might have been the photos taken by CPAWS board member Wayne Sawchuk that captured me, or maybe it was the fact that I knew this wild area was larger than the size of Ireland and largely undeveloped and roadless. Whatever the reason, I couldn’t keep myself away from this album...

The Negative Impact of Climate Change on Canada’s Pacific Marine Ecosystems

  • Published on Aug 07 2012 |
  • by Nicola Hill |
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The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society has teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund to prepare a report showing the negative impact of climate change on fish habitats along the B.C. coast, which is threatening the long-term prospects of entire ecosystems in this area. The report, titled “Climate Change: Impacts and vulnerability in Canada’s Pacific Marine Ecosystems”, discusses current and projected impacts of climate change on Canada’s Pacific marine ecosystems and proposes various solutions that should be considered in ocean and coastal resource planning to reduce this negative impact...

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