LTE: Unfinished Homework

Letter to the Editor
Contributed by Lindsay Lee
The Chronicle Herald
October 7, 2020

Voice of the People – October 7, 2020

Unfinished homework

Lands and Forestry Minister Iain Rankin teased that he’d be making an “exciting announcement” on Monday. Here are some truly exciting announcements that he could (and should) have made before declaring his intention to run for premier

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We Must Protect Owls Head Park to Safeguard Biodiversity

Broom Crowberry (Corema conradii) Pistillate flowers by Green Optics Photography

Biodiversity (a contraction of “biological diversity”) comprises all life on Earth. Biodiversity is critical to maintaining healthy ecosystems as well as protecting human health.

“We are in the midst of both climate and biological diversity (extinction) emergencies, wherein we are at or beyond planetary thresholds for being able to recover. Such intact ecosystems as Owls Head are our ecological life-support systems. We need them in order to survive as a species, as do the other species with which we share this land, many of which are endangered1.”

Dr. Karen Beazley
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Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association

Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association

Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association (ESFWA) is one of the applicants in the court case to save Owls Head Provincial Park. Along with biologist Bob Bancroft (President of Nature Nova Scotia), Forest Watch has requested a time extension to ask for a judicial review as well as requested the judicial review itself.

While Eastern Shore Forest Watch Association has never been an applicant in a court case before, the group felt compelled to take legal action when Owls Head Provincial Park was secretly removed from Our Parks and Protected Areas Plan.

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HalifACT 2050: Act to Protect Owls Head Park

The Halifax Regional Municipality is to be commended; HalifACT 2050 is an exciting step forward. Thank you especially to Councillor Richard Zurawski for submitting a motion for a climate action plan.

Despite roadblocks from the provincial government, Regional Council is providing leadership on climate change. On January 29, 2019, Regional Council voted to declare a “climate emergency.” On June 23, 2020, they voted to turn that statement into action by unanimously passing HalifACT 2050: Acting on Climate Together Plan.

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