Letter: Help tackle the climate crisis by protecting more land

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We have all seen how climate change and the accelerating extinction of species threaten us and the nature around us. It is high time to implement solutions to these crises

Editor:

Between floods, wildfires and growing concern about declining salmon, it’s been a tough year here in British Columbia

We have all seen how climate change and the accelerating extinction of species threaten us and the nature around us. It is high time to implement solutions to these crises.

One of those solutions is right under our noses: protecting British Columbia’s world-famous forests, prairies, mountains and rivers in protected areas and provincial parks run by Indigenous people.

There is ample scientific evidence that protecting more land, especially 25% by 2025 and 30% by 2030, is a critical way to address the negative environmental impacts that British Columbians are facing. are facing today.

Indigenous peoples have cared for their lands and waters since time immemorial, ensuring that great biological diversity persists in their lands for generations to come.

A number of Indigenous-led conservation projects are already underway. With the support of the provincial government, the projects could support nature, the economy and our health, while respecting cultural and spiritual values.

The Kaska Dena’s long-standing Indigenous Protected and Conservation Area proposal, for example, would add 4% to B.C.’s current protected areas land base of 15.5%, filling nearly half of the area’s land base. ‘gap between what is protected and what should be.

That is why I urge the provincial government to take climate change and species extinction seriously by promising to protect 25% of its territory by 2025. It is time to act now.

Monika duvall

Kamloops

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