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For more than 15 years, we have been working our butts off to save the spirit bear. While we’ve accomplished a lot, today I am asking for your help to assist us in taking the final steps to reach our goal.
Together, our efforts have resulted in the enactment of the largest land protection measure in the history of North America – a framework that permanently protects two-thirds of the spirit bear’s last intact ecosystem. I thank you for contributing to the largest youth environment network in the world and the most supported conservation initiative in Canadian history. The size and scope of our network have attracted international awareness through at least one mainstream or online media story everyday for more than a decade.
But there is still much, much more to be done, if we are to safeguard the gene pool of this fragile and globally important subspecies.
1. We must create meaningful sanctuary for the spirit bear, including: a) protection for the remainder of the spirit bear’s last intact global ecosystem and b) abolishing the coastal bear trophy hunt.
2. We must shift the route of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline that will send oil tankers through spirit bear waters.
In the coming months, we are stepping up our efforts as the urgency to save this bear closes in. We need to make sure everyone is heard on this issue so, with your support, I personally commit to speaking to 500 schools and conducting 50 town halls. We want to engage hundreds of thousands of students globally by encouraging them to launch their own authentic and innovative social media campaigns to rally their peers on this issue. And we want to meet with every elected representative in British Columbia and Canada to ensure they know a balanced alternative is on the table that will save the bear without harming the economy.
But we can’t do it alone.
This holiday season, please consider making a donation of $50 to the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. Each and every dollar makes a difference. You can make a donation online or by sending a cheque to PO Box 91933 W. Vancouver, BC V7V 4S4.
You have always responded generously and passionately to our pleas for help. The timing has never been more important. And we can’t accomplish the goals we’ve set without the support of each of you.
I thank you for your consideration, for your ongoing support, and for your compassion for the spirit bear.
All my best to you and your family this holiday season,
D. Simon Jackson
Founder and Chairman, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition
A new report released today shines a light on the dangers associated with Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project which would send massive oil tankers through spirit bear waters for the first time. The report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Pembina Institute and Living Oceans Society, has also been endorsed by nine British Columbia organizations.
Read the Ottawa Citizen article that investigates why environmentalists succeeded in shifting the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from a sensitive ecological region in Nebraska to a less harmful route – and what lessons can be learned by all parties working to decide the future of the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline to the BC coast, a route that would send oil tankers through spirit bear waters.
The white Kermode or spirit bear is one of the most endangered animals in the world, numbering fewer than four hundred and calling home an ecosystem that is as wild as it is globally important.
There are two major preventable threats to the spirit bear: an urgent need for a meaningful sanctuary in their last intact ecosystem and the long term concern of oil spills from proposed oil tanker traffic in the treacherous waters within this wilderness.
Thanks to millions of people from all walks of life, from all corners of the globe, we’ve made remarkable progress and created hope that we can save the spirit bear.
And with your continued support, we will save our spirit bear.
The Spirit Bear Youth Coalition has a fair and balanced plan to create sanctuary for the spirit bear without harming the economy. We need every concerned citizen from around the globe to help us make sure decision makers do their part to work with us to create a lasting solution that saves the Kermode and makes all citizens proud of our collective achievement.
FIVE WAYS TO SAVE THE SPIRIT BEAR:
1) Email, write and/or phone Canadian Prime Minister Harper and BC Premier Clark
2) Sign the petition to stop this hunt
3) Adopt-a-Spirit Bear
4) Donate to the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition volunteer-run campaign
5) Spread the word by forwarding this message
FIVE WAYS TO STAY UP-TO-DATE:
1) Follow us on Twitter @SpiritBearYouth
2) Join our Facebook group
3) Visit www.spiritbearyouth.org and www.adoptaspiritbear.org
4) Become a member
5) Sign-up for our new education program
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Read the Vancouver Sun article that breaks down why the US decision to make no decision on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta’s oil sands to America creates new pressure to build the proposed Enbridge pipeline to the BC coast – and oil tanker traffic through the spirit bear’s last intact habitat.