VANCOUVER – Ecojustice is calling for parties and candidates in British Columbia to make climate action and the protection of endangered species and old-growth forests key priorities in the lead-up to the Oct. 24 election.
B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan announced the provincial election on Sept. 21. Devon Page, the executive director of Ecojustice, issued the following statement in response:
“When it comes to protecting our climate for future generations, saving endangered species in the midst of a global biodiversity crisis and protecting precious old-growth forests, British Columbia has a critical leadership role to play.
“B.C. was an early champion of a price on carbon and other green policies. It is home to thousands of species and ecosystems, from iconic killer whales to old-growth Douglas firs. And polling shows that the majority of British Columbians — 57 per cent* — agree that climate action should be at the centre of the province’s COVID-19 recovery strategy.
“Yet the province’s laws and policies haven’t always lived up to its green reputation. Greenhouse gases rose under the NDP-Green coalition, and the government failed to live up to its commitment to introduce endangered species legislation.
“As British Columbians prepare to head to the polls, Ecojustice urges parties and candidates to put forward platforms that demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Specifically, we are calling for candidates to prioritize three key areas that matter to British Columbians:
“In the coming month, Ecojustice looks forward to reviewing party platforms and working with candidates to put forward a vision of British Columbia that includes a safe climate, thriving species and ecosystems, and protections for the province’s unique old-growth forests.”
Ecojustice goes to court and uses the power of the law to defend nature, combat climate change, and fight for a healthy environment. Its strategic, innovative public interest lawsuits lead to legal precedents that deliver lasting solutions to Canada’s most urgent environmental problems. As Canada’s largest environmental law charity, Ecojustice operates offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and Halifax.
Ecojustice was founded in Vancouver, B.C., in 1990. Since then, Ecojustice lawyers have played a critical role in protecting the province’s species, communities and ecosystems, including precedent-setting victories to defend spotted owls, endangered Southern Resident killer whales and wild salmon.
Please contact Emily Chan, communications specialist at Ecojustice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-926-7744 ext. 277