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It’s election time again in Canada. I hope you will ask your federal candidates what exactly they plan on doing to honour, conserve, or protect forest communities in Canada. After all, 2011 has been designated the International Year of Forests by the United Nations.
2011 is the UN Year of Forests
And, while you’re at it, ask your candidates to explain about all the ecological goods and services that forest communities provide to Canadians. If they can’t, I hope that you will remind them how…
Forests help keep our fresh water clean (by filtering water and controlling soil erosion)
Forests encourage biological diversity, by creating microclimates and homes for different animals and plants
Forests provide us with all kinds of foods and medicines
Forests scrub our air of pollutants, and provide us with oxygen tobreathe
Forests give us recreational opportunities as well as aesthetic enjoyment
I am about to give an author’s visit (courtesy of the Canadian Authors Association – Alberta Branch – Writers In Schools Program) to a Calgary Grade 7 and a Grade 9 class on writing about the environment. During my visit, I intend to show a wonderful multimedia photo essay, called Imagine 8 Acres…, created by a friend of mine, Gervais Goodman. I thought it might be nice to share this slice of nature with you, too.
HINT: Don’t forget to turn your volume up. You won’t want to miss the sounds of trickling water and honking geese…