Climate Change in Southwest Columbia Basin, British Columbia, Canada
The Slocan River Valley is an important headwater area of the Columbia River in BC Canada. The event will start with a Water Prayer at the River by Sinixt Indigenous Elder Marilyn James, a luncheon at the community Hall and a presentation by Mel Reasoner Climate Change Consultant and the launch of a Petition to protect the domestic and agricultural watersheds on Perry Ridge. The Petition States: The Petition of the undersigned residents of British Columbia states THAT the remaining forests on Perry Ridge have been identified on GIS cover maps as some of the last intact areas in the southern portion of the West Kootenay region, a connectivity corridor between Kokanee Glacier and Valhalla Provincial Parks  THAT according to International Union for the Conservation of Nature, forests are one of the most important solutions to addressing the effects of climate change. Approximately 2.6 billion tons of carbon dioxide, one-third of the CO2 released from burning fossil fuels, is absorbed by forests every year; THAT the remaining forests on Perry Ridge, in the Slocan Valley, BC need protection to absorb carbon dioxide as part of the solution to Climate Change; THAT Perry Ridge has been identified as an important cultural wetland by the Sinixt Nation with identified archaeology sites; THAT Perry Ridge is a unique geological fragile landform and provides domestic drinking and agricultural water to hundreds of farms and homes along the base of the mountain; THAT the residents of Perry Ridge have a right to enjoyment of their homes and protection of their properties without the increased risk of landslides, resulting from forest removal  THAT Perry Ridge is part of the tourist scenic visual corridor along Highway 6, Rails to Trails and the Slocan River; Your petitioners respectfully request that the Honourable House remove the remaining intact forests on Perry Ridge from the working forest and declare it an Eco Reserve      
Event info
Start date: March 24, 2019
End date: March 24, 2019
Organization: Perry Ridge Water Users Association

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