Covid-safe community marches are happening across the province tomorrow (Mar. 19th), all in support of B.C.’s old-growth forests.
Those in the Comox Valley and Campbell River areas can expect a crowd at the 17th Street Bridge in Courtenay, starting at noon.
Gillian Anderson is a Forest March BC 2021 organizer. She says the marches aim to spread the word and advocate for a holistic approach to forestry.
Anderson asks, “Did you know that only two per cent of the original old-growth forest in BC is still standing?”
“Your Comox Valley and Campbell River neighbours are joining in Forest March BC, a province-wide day of action calling for an immediate moratorium on old-growth logging and a new sustainable management plan for B.C forests that benefits forest workers,” she says.
According to Anderson, the province needs “equitable, nature-based and resilient community-first forestry management to provide more jobs with value-added manufacturing.”
Participants are encouraged to bring a sign and dress up colourfully for the occasion. Covid protocols will be in place, with attendees asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing guidelines.
A full list of locations participating can be found here.
And, if you won’t be attending a rally, there are other actions you can take in solidarity with Forest March BC 2021. Visit this website for more info.
– with files from Jon Gauthier