Canadian Orca Rescue Society has launched an initiative to purchase the preservation rights to Fairy Creek and provide a prosperity fund for affected stakeholders and communities.
Currently, you can purchase logging rights, mineral rights or water rights for almost any parcel of land in this country. We want to see preservation rights become a viable method for citizens to preserve sensitive and valuable natural places without the need to blockade and protest like their lives depend on it.
We have aligned forces with many of the other groups trying to save Fairy Creek including (some of) the Pacheedaht indigenous people who are welcoming the help to protect their native lands.
It has become starkly obvious as the process to protect these ancient forests evolves, that scientific evidence, climate change, public pressure, and common sense will not change the direction of our government’s clear-cut logging strategy. Not even the record temperatures and tragic incineration of Lytton, BC, has caused any reconsideration of their flawed policy. Lytton set the record for hottest place in Canada for 3 days running and on the fourth day, burst into flames and burned to the ground. (The new Canadian Record: 49.6 C or 121.28 F)
Deforestation is one of the leading causes of climate change and yet our government continues to endorse industrial extraction of the ancient forests.
They are continuing to build roads through the forest and clear-cut s where the public eye does not see.
The only thing that matters in the end is money. If we can offer more money to leave the forest standing, we can save it.
We know how to do all this stuff, but we don’t see carbon reduction plants at every gas station, yet they could be if the funds existed to build them. Regenerative agriculture can provide a stable ecosystem within a farm, but what is lacking is the will-to-action because the system is set up and making money as it is. People are reluctant to change, especially if they perceive an economic risk. This kind of fund would help bridge the transition by providing incentives at critical junctures of the process.
My point is not to prove or endorse any specific fix but to recognize that a lot of these things hinge upon government money being endowed through a bureaucratic process to lucky individuals smart enough to jump through the hoops. What we are proposing is that ordinary people take it upon ourselves to help our kids out of this crisis, because if we wait for the government to act, it won’t get done!
There are several ways we can raise this money and we are working on all of them.
You may donate cash, pledge cash or use an estate pledge to contribute to an eco-preservation and prosperity fund.
In using an estate pledge, you may pledge a percentage of your final estate towards the effort, and it does not go into the fund until your estate is settled. This allows for pledges to be made without the donor being out-of-pocket. Legal documents will be provided to satisfy legal requirements.
This money is designed to preserve sensitive eco-systems and help with the transition from resource extraction to sustainable eco-friendly ventures, it does not have to be all paid out at once. An estate pledge fund allows those people who have been fighting to save the planet for many years to do something good for the planet after they pass away. We hope to establish estate pledges as a normal way of giving back to the planet and society. If even a small percentage of people participate in these pledges, a sustained effort over years will create a huge fund. This money will aid tremendously in our shift to sustainable living on this planet.
This fund provides money over time for ongoing payments to compensate the indigenous people for their loss of revenues and land use, the current stakeholders of the logging rights, the government for their stumpage fees and a prosperity fund for affected communities reliant upon resource extraction to assist with economic diversification.
This not a one-time fund but a concerted, sustained effort to make estate pledges normal for eco-conscious people who want to help their children and the planet to mitigate climate change. Over years, we expect it will become an enormous force for the betterment of our society. It’s kind of like Medicare for healing the planet from Resource Extraction Disease.
We are leaving huge climate problems for future generations. If you make an estate pledge, don’t think of it as your child losing some of their inheritance, look at it as making their inheritance worth living for.