Death by a Thousand Clearcuts

Like it or not, we have now entered an epoch – the Anthropocene – when proportion and reciprocity with the living earth are prerequisite to continued human existence.

This website bears witness to three regrettable situations now playing out in the Clearwater Valley of beautiful British Columbia, two hours north of Kamloops and six hours northeast of Vancouver.

All trace directly to ideologically driven environmental deregulation by the former B.C. Liberal government under Gordon Campbell (2001-2011), later sustained by the B.C. Liberal government under Christy Clark (2011-2017) and, since 2017, the B.C. New Democratic government under John Horgan.

The story of regional impoverishment recounted here is one of a great many such stories now unfolding across the globe. It is an object lesson in the direct and indirect consequences of neoliberal ideology applied to living ecosystems. May Canada’s political leaders feel the full weight of its uncompromising moral:

The wages of poor land stewardship is species loss, economic instability and diminished resilience to deepening climate change.

AT ISSUE ARE THREE INTERCONNECTED SITUATIONS:

(1) Designer Extinction:

  • Government and corporate complicity in the collapse and pending extinction of the uniquely Canadian Deep-Snow Mountain Caribou – this in a portion of the range that offered unsurpassed opportunity for long-term persistence.

(2) Broken-treaty Governance:

  • Government and corporate betrayal of a formal land-use agreement intended to strike a lasting balance among local stakeholders with competing interests in the forest land base.

(3) Economic Foreclosure:

  • Government and corporate hindrance of efforts to create a sustainable economic driver for small rural communities now faced with an uncertain future.

THE COMMON DENOMINATOR IN ALL THREE SITUATIONS IS:

(4) Poor Land Stewardship:

  • Government and corporate prioritization of timber supply over healthy ecosystem function.

ALL THREE SITUATIONS HAVE BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY:

(5) Moral laxity:

  • The willingness of a great many civil servants, corporate employees and registered professionals to sacrifice the long-term public good to short-term corporate gain..

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