What We Do

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 (All day)

With thoughtful and energetic grassroots campaigns, the Wilderness Committee fights to protect wildlands, safeguards wildlife, defends the wellbeing and public access to established parks, keeps rivers a vital part of the natural environment and ensures that people can live in healthy communities.

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  • Each year humankind's appetite for the world's limited resources increases and development interests extend their reach further afield, wild places and their inhabitants become more valuable than ever. For this reason, we think big, pushing for more public awareness, stronger alliances and thus greater successes in protecting wild lands.

  • The Wilderness Committee's work to safeguard killer whales, grizzly bears, spotted owls, caribou, sage grouse and wild salmon is part of our broader campaign to ensure that all of Canada's 530 species at risk are adequately protected from coast to coast to coast.  Protecting our wildlife is a smart investment in the future: because maintaining a healthy environment is not only good for species, it is good for us as well.

  • In Canada most of the land is still publicly owned, this gives governments a tremendous opportunity to manage the land base for both the environment and the public good. The Wilderness Committee campaigns to keep public land free of inappropriate private development, and to ensure parks and other protected areas are well managed. 

  • BC's wild and beautiful Pacific coast is under threat from salmon farms and the oil industry. Wild salmon, and the web of life they support, are in trouble: salmon farming, climate change, over-fishing, and habitat destruction have extinguished over 100 stocks of salmon in British Columbia. Oil and gas development threatens the entire Pacific coast.

  • Climate disruption from the burning of fossil fuels is already responsible for major changes to our environment and our economy. The amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is now higher than it has been in millions of years, and if we carry on at current rates of emissions, the future impacts here and around the world will be devastating. The science is clear: if we are to avoid the worst of these impacts, coal and unconventional fuels such as tar sands and fracked gas need to stay in the ground.