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Living Forests and Oceans: BC's Supernatural Climate Allies

Living Forests and Oceans: BC's Supernatural Climate Allies

January 30, 2014

Coastal vegetation and forests have the ability to sequester large amounts of carbon but are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.


BC is a supernatural part of the world in many regards. Our forest and marine ecosystems are amongst the most effective natural carbon sinks on the planet and play an important role in addressing global warming by sequestering emissions. However, human activities are threatening these forests and coastlines; logging of old-growth forest and development in coastal zones are leading to the loss of vital seagrass and salt marsh ecosystems. Climate impacts like the Mountain Pine Beetle crisis and ocean acidification are threatening the ecological integrity of our natural carbon sinks. Increasing protection of our forests and coasts is one of the most beneficial actions we can take to mitigate climate change and protect sensitive ecosystems. Please join us at our dialogue to learn about BC's forests and oceans as natural carbon sinks.



Dr. Colin CampbellMarine Campaign Coordinator, Sierra Club BC
Colin spends his time working on climate change outreach, steering committee work for the SeaChoice seafood campaign, and pursuing a goal of broadening Marine Protected Area policy to include protection of habitats that support critical biogeochemical processes, specifically the sequestration of ‘Blue Carbon’.

        Jens Wieting - Forest and Climate Campaigner, Sierra Club BC Jens works primarily for the protection of the Great Bear Rainforest and to raise awareness about the threat of global warming and the increasing emissions from BC’s forests and fossil fuel exports. Prior to coming to Canada, Jens worked as forest campaigner in Germany and in a rainforest reserve in Nicaragua.


What is a Carbon Talk? Carbon Talks provide the platform to discuss, define, and manage the transition to a low-carbon economy. It creates spaces for dialogue – not debate – spaces which help people to think creatively, consider alternatives, and develop practical solutions that are viable, cost-effective, and sustainable. We hold a free public dialogue every month from September to April. Each talk looks at a different piece of the low-carbon puzzle and consists of a presentation and question and answer segment. If you would like to be notified and invited to upcoming talks, please subscribe to our newsletter. Did you miss a Carbon Talk? Check out our YouTube channel for previous dialogues.

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