It’s all part of the same question. Are we humans going to irreversibly harm the life-support systems of this planet, and therefore our own health as a species and other species, or not?
Proposals to privatize, or make corporate access to resources in general more unregulated are now becoming a threat to our very survival. Our forests are perhaps the most important natural resource we have given that the greatest environmental challenge of our time is excessive carbon in the atmosphere, which our forests greatly help to ameliorate. Unbridled wealth generation by a private resource extraction-based economy is no longer in everyone’s best interest, if it ever was. This is really just the habitual perpetuation of an economic system we have created, except that now we continue in this vein at our own peril. It is a hangover of sorts, a carrying on of a set of practices and behaviors well beyond the point where they make sense, unless you are talking about those other ‘cents.’
We are faced with a global calamity of catastrophic proportion, that is, the continuing production and distribution of atmospheric carbon through the combustion of fossil fuels, by us.
This is perhaps the strongest case to cease continued efforts to privatize greater chunks of B.C.’s forests, by allowing corporations to convert their licenses to TFLs, and continue the appalling abuse of these lands. We need as many big carbon-fixing trees as possible intact and healthy. They are the lungs of the planet. It is not in the public’s best interest to do anything which increases the risk to the health of our forests, so please remove Section 24 of Bill 8.
You are our supposedly our leaders, for the moment, and you are taking us in precisely the wrong direction!