Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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If you're pressed for time, click here to send your signature in support of a conservation plan for the Great Bear Sea. This is not just for Canadians, we are all affected by this.
White Spirit Bear, Photo courtesy Marine Planning Partnership, Great Bear Sea 

British Columbia is home to the Great Bear Sea - the name says it all doesn't it? This is one of the last remaining rich, non-polluted, untouched marine ecosystems On. The. Planet. 

It is a world treasure on par with the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon Rainforest.

Stretching from the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the Alaskan Border, the Great Bear Sea is home to an incredible bounty of life: 400 species of fish, including wild Pacific salmon; 29 species of mammals, like orcas, humpback whales and sea otters; and more than three million nesting seabirds.

The rare white spirit bear seen above is found no where else on earth. Either is the Pacific coast wolf, also only found in this area.

Our coastal waters are under threat and British Columbia hasn’t committed to a plan to properly protect them. While Australia, the United States and New Zealand expand safeguards for marine ecosystems, Canada has protected less than three per cent of the Great Bear Sea.
Photo courtesy Marine Planning Partnership, Great Bear Sea

We need a plan that will leave the Great Bear Sea healthy and productive for our children and families, before it is too late.

The Province of B.C. and 18 First Nations worked together in an innovative partnership and made plans to protect the Great Bear Sea and the people and economies it supports. Now, we need to call on the provincial government to commit to those plans.

The plans are state-of-the-art in Canada. They will create zones for wildlife and ecosystem protection, and for ecotourism, renewable energy and aquaculture.

This summer, B.C. will decide whether to adopt these plans to protect our ocean. Join us in seizing this historic opportunity. Send a message to our leaders by clicking here - 30 seconds and you're done. EVERY signature matters - especially yours.

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