Wednesday, December 16, 2009
We're wrapping up yet another year of conservation on behalf of Boreal birds, and we want to thank you for your support, readership, and activism. As you consider your holiday giving for 2009, keep BSI in mind. And we'll keep working for Boreal birds in 2010!
Report Shows Global Impact of Boreal Carbon
Just prior to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, we released a report called "The Carbon the World Forgot." It shows that the global impact of the Boreal Forest – which stores nearly twice as much carbon per hectare as tropical forests – has been vastly underestimated. North America's Boreal Forest is one of the most significant carbon stores in the world, the equivalent of 26 years of global emissions from burning fossil fuels.
Learn more about the report >
Read coverage in major U.S. and Canadian media outlets >
Read our Senior Scientist Dr. Jeff Wells' blog post >
On Monday in Copenhagen, Dr. Terry Root of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change presented an open letter from prominent international scientsts to leaders of the eight nations with Boreal Forests. The letter points to our report and urges these leaders to pursue policies that recognize the global importance of carbon storage in Boreal regions.
Read the letter in Dr. Wells' blog post >
Download the press release >
Read about scientists' concerns for the Boreal in Boston Globe >
Urge Leaders to Address Climate Change
Through December 18, world leaders are gathered in Copenhagen for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. Don't let them go home and return to business as usual. Urge your leaders to make progressive climate change policy a priority.
Take action in Canada >
Take action in the U.S. >
Follow the CPAWS blog about forests and climate change >
Official conference web site >
Official conference YouTube channel >
Six Winners Chosen for 2009 Boreal Awards
The Canadian Boreal Initiative and the Boreal Leadership Council co-hosted this year's Boreal Awards at a gala event – along with surprise special guest "Bou" the Woodland Caribou. The awards honor Boreal stewardship. This year's winners included dedicated First Nations communities, pioneering scientists, and more.
See who won and get full event coverage in Dr. Wells' blog post >
Read CBI's press release >
Learn more about "Bou" the Woodland Caribou >
Help Conserve Habitat – Adopt a Boreal Bird
Help Boreal birds, and take one home with you! One of six species of plush Boreal birds can be yours with a tax-deductible donation of $35. Great Gray Owls, Whooping Cranes, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and more are waiting to be adopted. Bonus: They sing when you squeeze them! Extra bonus: Each comes with an adoption certificate explaining its habits and habitat. It's the perfect stocking stuffer for the birder(s) in your life. All proceeds benefit the Boreal Songbird Initiative and our ongoing efforts to protect the Boreal Forest on behalf of the billions of birds that rely on it. Adopt a Boreal bird today >
UN Report Finds Protecting Biodiversity Worth Trillions, Including Boreal Forests
Protecting natural ecosystems and biodiversity is worth trillions of dollars in annual economic benefits around the planet, according to a new report by the United Nations. From improving food and water security to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the report – The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity – says money invested in protecting the planet's forests and natural systems is the best long-term solution for both the economy and the environment.
Read Vancouver Sun article >
Download the report >