Letter: British Columbia must protect land and water

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Letter: British Columbia must protect land and water

Protecting our province protects us from climate change




British Columbia must protect the land and water

Last year’s heat wave killed more than 600 British Columbians according to the BC Coroners Service. And again, this year we are facing rising temperatures and heat warnings.

It feels like our “new normal”. But it doesn’t have to.

Nature has the power to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. Forests keep tons of carbon out of our atmosphere, and intact wetlands can help prevent flooding.

Protecting 25% of British Columbia’s lands and waters by 2025, and then 30% by 2030, is science-backed climate action that would protect species at risk. It would also support the conservation vision of First Nations who are leading efforts on the ground.

Protecting our province protects us from climate change. Our government has the power to implement this climate solution now, as part of a larger plan to fight climate change. I urge the Government of British Columbia to take the impacts of climate change seriously and commit to protecting 30% of its land and water by 2030. We are not expecting more record high temperatures. : we demand action.

Sharon Lund

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