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.
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
- Forests can even help with climate regulation
For more information on the 2011
International Year of Forests, please visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/ or http://www.canopyplanet.org/.