Fighting Climate Change Through Canadian Forestry
Our fight against climate change has become a collective race against the clock. To keep the global average temperature from rising by more than 1.5°C — the mark noted by nations the world over as the one we need to hit to fulfill the promise we’ve made to future generations — we need to significantly reduce our carbon and greenhouse gas emissions.
Our forests have a role to play in this fight. With over 40% of our country blanketed by the Boreal, Canada is home to not only a considerable carbon sink but one of the world’s most renewable and sustainable resources.
But how we manage our forests — and what we choose to create from this renewable resource — matters.
Capturing Carbon tells the story of how sustainable forestry can help help shape the greener future we deserve; from the forest floor in BC, where foresters are fighting the effects of climate change to our cities where building tall with wood can create more climate-conscious communities, sustainable Canadian forestry can help put our country on the path toward meeting our net-zero emissions targets.
Learn more about how Canada’s sustainable forest management practices can help mitigate the impacts climate change and help build more sustainable communities.
Registered Professional Foresters Jack Darney and Jenna Swanson explain how sustainable forest management can help mitigate the impacts of climate change in our forests and the challenges created by more frequent, larger-scale wildfires.
How can we build more sustainable communities? Architect Carol Phillips shares how mass-timber projects like The Arbour at George Brown College are helping to build the low-carbon communities of tomorrow.
Building For The Future
“We have to continue to build, so let’s do it the right way.” As architect Carol Phillips explains, there is a movement toward mass timber construction underway. To build more sustainable communities, we need to change our fundamental construction practices to use more renewable resources.
“When we’re building with wood, what we’re doing is we’re leveraging our forests’ natural ability to absorb carbon dioxide and to store it in the form of these beautiful buildings.” See how Element5 is manufacturing the sustainable mass timber construction materials of tomorrow.
There are many misconceptions about Canada’s forest sector, none greater than the visuals we often associate with harvesting. But as Registered Professional Forester, Jack Darney explains, what people don’t see is what that land might have looked like before. Foresters are prioritizing areas impacted by wildfire, disease and climate change, working with nature to help build resiliency in our forests.
Regrowth & Renewal
Canadian foresters are finding new ways to mitigate the impacts of climate change, prioritizing regeneration and species diversity in sites impacted by wildfire and disease.
The Three Pillars of Forestry
As Registered Professional Forester Jenna Swanson explains, there are three pillars of sustainable forestry: the economics, the social license and the environmental responsibility. And all three need to work in concert to unlock the full potential of this renewable resource.
“At its heart, sustainable forest management is about relationships”. In this short, Paul Robitaille talks about how the unique relationships our foresters forge with the land are central to creating a plan that works with nature to support the sustainable practices that will help keep our forests as forests forever.
Working With the Forest
As Paul Robitaille explains, forestry today is about asking “what would nature do?” Learn more about how Canada’s foresters are working with nature to maximize our forests’ potential by help to conserve the biodiversity that will help keep our forests as forests forever.
Stewards of the Land
In BC, the foresters of Williams Lake First Nation are listening to their people and the natural environment as they work to minimize the damage to their communities from wildfires. As stewards of the land, they’re using sustainable forest management practices to mitigate the impacts of climate change and help keep their communities safer from wildfires.
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