Conservation North will hold a short lunchtime rally in downtown Prince George as part of the global Scientist Rebellion week of action on April 6.
The purpose of the rally is to celebrate the climate service that intact forests provide and to counter some of the misinformation spread by industry and government.
“In northern B.C., one of the cheapest and easiest ways to address climate change is to keep old growth forests intact,” said Asta Glembotzki of Conservation North.
“Unfortunately, industrial logging of old growth for lumber, and other forests for pellets is contributing to the global climate crisis instead of providing BC with a natural climate solution,” said Michelle Connolly, Conservation North’s director.
Dr. Art Fredeen, University of Northern British Columbia professor, adds: “The interior wetbelt forests in our backyard, for example, are some of the most carbon dense forests on the planet.”
Fredeen will speak at the rally. Joining Fredeen will be professors Phil Burton and Roy Rea, who will speak about forests, climate and why we must act now.
Lheidli T’enneh elder Edie Frederick will open the rally.
The event will take place in the public square next to the Wood Innovation and Design Centre at 1142 Fifth avenue at noon sharp on Wednesday, April 6.