EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — Managing BC’s Forests for a Cooler Planet: Carbon Storage, Sustainable Jobs and Conservation
David Suzuki Foundation and partners
Authored by: Ben Parfitt
Partners: CCPA–BC Office, BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU), Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union, Pulp, Paper and Woodworkers of Canada, Sierra Club of BC, United Steelworkers District 3 – Western Canada, Western Canada Wilderness Committee
Executive summary: Managing B.C.’s Forests for a Cooler Planet: Carbon Storage, Sustainable Jobs and Conservation.
Forest industry unions and environmental organizations are united in their belief that B.C. must manage its forest more wisely. Forests provide a major hedge against climate change because they absorb and store carbon that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere. The report calls for a number of measures, including increased conservation, a new approach to calculating logging rates that takes into account carbon storage, reducing waste, better tree-planting methods and a cautious approach to wood-fired bioenergy.