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The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition is bringing back the popular Adopt-a-Spirit Bear campaign for the 2011-2012 season.
You, your school or your business can help create a sanctuary for the critically endangered spirit bear by symbolically adopting one of the only 400 remaining white Kermode bears in the world.
The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition is offering the opportunity to take a leadership role in this issue by adopt a spirit bear for one year with a $500 donation or for five years with a $2000 donation, helping strengthen the voice of not only one spirit bear, but all Kermode bears.
All funds raised go toward the Youth Coalition’s campaign to create a sanctuary for this bear in its last intact habitat. Specifically, funds aid our public outreach efforts, enable us to engage new community partners, help us meet with relevant stakeholders and communicate our message with decision makers. We provide a breakdown of our expenditures each year in our Annual Report and, of course, we will keep you posted on the progress we make thanks to your support.
- name “your” bear
- receive a downloadable spirit bear adoption kit that provides detailed information on the bear and the work you are supporting
- be celebrated on the front page of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition web site
- receive a limited edition photograph of the spirit bear
- participate in exclusive online group discussions with Youth Coalition founder Simon Jackson
- receive a personal video message from Youth Coalition founder Simon Jackson
- be one of only 400 to be part of this program
Moreover, by adopting a spirit bear you will be automatically entered into a contest to have Time Magazine Hero for the Planet and acclaimed motivational speaker Simon Jackson visit your school for an interactive discussion on the future of this unique creature and the difference youth can make in creating a better world.
PLEDGE YOUR ADOPTION TODAY:
For more information: www.adoptaspiritbear.org
* The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition is a volunteer run, registered not-for-profit organization. However, given that the Youth Coalition spends more than 10% of its time lobbying and advocating for policy change in order to protect the spirit bear’s last intact habitat, it is not eligible to become a registered charity. As a result, donations are not tax deductible, but receipts that acknowledge the donation are provided upon request. If a tax receipt is required, donations can be made through our US charitable partner, the Helade Foundation.
Despite many successes, the spirit bear remains in peril and in desperate need of both public support for its conservation and political leadership to ensure its future.
A genetically unique subspecies of the black bear, the Kermode bear is only found in one small corner of the world, one small corner of Canada’s west coast, where one out of every ten Kermode bears are born white. Fewer than 400 white bears remain.
In an effort to help protect their vanishing habitat, recent government land-use plans have attempted to address the spirit bear’s conservation. While great strides have been made, just over 10% of the land protected from development on British Columbia’s coast is home to the spirit bear and of the critical 250,000 hectares that compose this bear’s last intact habitat, only two-thirds is off-limits to logging. The critical, unprotected final third of this ecosystem must be saved if the Kermode subspecies is to survive.
And habitat loss isn’t the only threat to the future of the spirit bear. While it is illegal to kill the white Kermode bear, it is not illegal to kill the black Kermode bear, even in most protected areas – a bizarre policy given it is the black Kermode that produces the white gene.
WHAT WE STAND TO LOSE
The combined threat of habitat loss and trophy hunting is of particular concern to the future of the subspecies given the sensitive nature of the gene pool. without the protection of a large enough ecosystem and a sufficient surrounding buffer zone, there is the real risk of altering the process that creates these bears and, eventually, causing the unique gene’s extinction.
If the spirit bear disappears, more than likely, the overall health of the ecosystem will be greatly diminished as well.
Due to the bear’s fur colour, it is better camouflaged when fishing for salmon than other bears on the coast and the more salmon they catch, the more salmon carcasses that are left to rot on the forest floor. And it is the rotting salmon carcasses that provide the nutrients for the region’s trees to grow to the size they are: shading the streams for the salmon to spawn, acting as dens for all bears in the winter months, and regulating the health of the global climate as the planet’s lungs.
In fact, the spirit bear, in this one small corner of the world, helps sustain a remarkable diversity of life within the world’s last large area of intact temperate rainforest – a critical carbon sink for life the world over.
SAVING THE SPIRIT BEAR
Though the BC and Canadian governments appear to have lost interest in the issue and have little appetite to provide additional leadership to save the spirit bear, the same cannot be said of the general public in BC, across Canada and around the world.
The public – especially young people – continue to demand for the conservation of this creature, a bear as unique to Canada as the Panda bear is to China. And with “The Spirit Bear” – a major Hollywood CGI animated movie – currently in production and slated for global released, there is more hope and greater opportunity today than ever before to save the Kermode.
If “The Spirit Bear” can help not only raise global awareness and support for saving the bear, but also generate the kind of money required to diversify and expand the coastal economy, there is no question more jobs can be created by saving the spirit bear than by developing its home. After all, the BC coast doesn’t suffer from a lack of job opportunities, but from a lack of investment, human resource training, and infrastructure.
However, in order for the movie to be the economic generator the BC coast so desperately needs, government leadership is required to bring all of the issue’s stakeholders together to help each understand what is truly at stake and what is truly needed to move forward together. Without this leadership, protecting the spirit bear, sustaining one of the most important carbon sinks in the world, and creating economic opportunity for generations to come will be lost.
Today, the world must come together as one voice and ask decision makers to save the spirit bear by protecting the final third of its critical wilderness – the Green-Sheep Passage/Tolmie watersheds – and ensure that all bears, black and white, are protected from trophy hunting. In doing so, the world can illustrate to elected leaders the magnitude of the opportunity that exists not only for the spirit bear, but for creating a model of environmental sustainability and underscoring the politics of possibility.
By helping save the spirit bear, people from all walks of life can work with decision makers to help ensure that these bears are truly wild and free for generations to come.
2) SMS text “NOTROPHYHUNT” to 21-21-21
Thank you for your time, consideration, and support of our efforts to save the spirit bear. Together, we’ve come a long way and, together, we will save our spirit bear.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: The Case to Stop THIS Hunt
Explore Magazine has announced their Top 30 Under 30 – a list that includes Spirit Bear Youth Coalition founder Simon Jackson.
The magazine also includes a list of top leaders in various fields. Simon Jackson has been selected as the Top Green Leader by Explore.
While the honour is tremendous, Simon believes the magazine is really recognizing the youth movement that has been created on behalf of the spirit bear and accepts the kind words on behalf of everyone who has stood up for the spirit bear.
Moreover, the fact the Explore singles out the work of Simon and the Youth Coalition, underscores the importance of saving the spirit bear.
International publication National Geographic features the spirit bear and its home – “the wildest place in America” – as this month’s cover story.
While the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition declined the opportunity to be featured in the magazine – preferring instead that the articles focus on the region’s First Nations – the article stunningly underscores the importance of the spirit bear to not only Canada, but the world.
Take a moment to visit the fragile land of the spirit bear through the eyes of National Geographic and be reminded of the remarkable opportunity we have to safeguard this international treasure for generations to come.