On March 19th, 2021, communities across British Columbia will unite in a march for British Columbia’s forests.
A growing number of British Columbia’s citizens feel the BC Government has taken little action and too few of the steps needed to ensure the continued health of our forests, ecosystems, and communities.
What is Forest March BC
In a nutshell, Forest March BC advocates for sustainable forestry practices to include local voices in important decisions that directly impact their communities.
What is at Stake
The loss of our old-growth forests is directly tied to devastating events in communities throughout British Columbia.
Many communities have experienced destructive flooding, forest fires, air pollution, and loss of vulnerable ecosystems caused by poorly managed forestry practices.
Unless action is taken, events like the flooding in the Okanagan and Grand Forks in recent years, will not only continue but worsen.
A Little History
March 2021 marks the third annual BC Forest March. Marches took place previously in 2019 and 2020. People across BC marched in support of modernizing the rules for managing BC’s forests.
The Message – Why You Should Care
The best way to tell you about Forest March BC’s message is to let you hear it directly from the mouth of Forest March Founder Jennifer Houghton.
In the simplest words possible, what Forest March BC wants is for Premier John Horrigan to honor his commitments to BC’s communities and old-growth forests.
How You Can help
Every citizen of British Columbia can help, and here is how:
- Call and write your local MLA. You can download a template PDF to fill out and send to your MLA.
- Join a safe, socially distanced march in your community.
- Join the tree post, challenge, then challenge three friends to do the same.
To join, just take a photo of yourself with a tree and post it to:
hashtags: #treeposechallenge, #fridaysforfuture, #worthmorestanding, #marchforoldgrowth
List of Communities Participating in the 2021 March
Locations participating in British Columbia’s forest March 2021 include Comox Valley, Nanaimo, Powell River, Victoria, Swancey Point, Glade, Port McNeill, Salmon Arm, Whistler, Ferry Creek, Nelson, Vancouver, Creston, Gambier Island, Summerland, Prince George, Wildwood, Sunshine Coast, Grand Forks, Peachland, Vernon, Lardeau, YM1R, Courtney, Penticton, Saltspring Island, Revelstoke.
Sunshine Coast March Information
The Sunshine Coast Forest March will be meeting Friday, March 19th, 2021, from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM at Davis Bay Pier.
For details on the sunshine coast March, you can go to the Sunshine Coast Forest March Facebook page.
If you participate in a local march. Please respect all current BC health restrictions. Mask up and Social Distance.
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Ramona on the Trail
All photographs in this article are the property of the photographer – Ramona Hartley