Take action for nature in BC!
BC Nature provides opportunities for British Columbians to work together to have an impact on an expanding list of environmental goals to protect our planet. Our first campaigns deal with:
- Meeting the climate emergency
- Protecting biological diversity and increasing the area of protected places in British Columbia from 15.4% to 25%, the current United Nations international goal
- Identify our environmental goals
- Invite participation
- Establish strategies
- Develop leadership
- Stimulate effective conversations
- Build consensus
- Interact with levels of government
- Measure our progress in terms of support and impact
Roberts Bank Terminal 2
The RBT2 proponent, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, in their closing statement, dismissed environmental issues, claiming that RBT2 impacts would be minimal and can easily be mitigated, counter to Environment Canada scientists’ concerns. About 40 individuals and groups submitted closing remarks but missing were those from federal agencies — in particular, Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Our avocation as naturalists must include actions to conserve what we love. See Combating Climate Change through Conservation about our impact on addressing the climate crisis. In 2021, a BC Nature Representative attended a Nature Canada meeting in Ottawa where naturalists spent a day presenting their climate views to federal politicians.
Black Bear Dens on Vancouver Island
If second-growth forests are harvested before they develop old-growth features, and old-growth harvest continues, the supply of suitable denning habitat on Vancouver Island will decline. Given the uncertainties of the status of black bears and their reliance on old-growth forest attributes—a finite resource necessary for population recruitment—the Board encourages the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development to engage with bear biologists, First Nations, and licensees on the management of black bear dens on Vancouver Island.
Wildlife & Habitat
BC Nature gave input to a draft report: Together for Wildlife, a Pathway Forward for Wildlife and Habitat in British Columbia. In our detailed response, we requested a clear political commitment to urgent and meaningful action to ensure that the proposed “Pathway” is effective in maintaining and enhancing biodiversity. The government needs to commit to actions that address the deep and profound impacts that our past and current economic practices and systems are having on wildlife and their habitats and local communities.