Greenpeace And Loggers Shake Hands

Timber companies and environmental groups saw the forest for the trees as they overcome their differences to reach an agreement that protects 170 million acres in Canada while at the same time preserving the forestry industry.

“For years we have helped bring opposing parties together to conserve this global treasure, Canada’s boreal forest,” said Steve Kallick, director of the Pew Environment Group’s International Boreal Conservation Campaign in a news release. “We’re thrilled that this effort has led to the largest commercial forest conservation plan in history, which could not have happened without both sides looking beyond their differences.”

It’s not often that logging companies and Greenpeace sit down at the same table, but on May 18 more than twenty companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada and nine environmental organizations unveiled the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, which will conserve areas of the Boreal Forest and protect threatened woodland caribou.

This agreement shows a new kind of attitude towards environmental protection that is both economically savvy and nature conscious. Usually a clear winner emerges after these types of “discussions” and the other side suffers a defeat and a loss of what they hold most dear. But as public concern for environmental preservation has grown over the years, so has the need for cooperation between both industries and green groups.

“The importance of this Agreement cannot be overstated,” said Avrim Lazar, President and CEO of FPAC in a news release. “FPAC member companies and their ENGO counterparts have turned the old paradigm on its head. Together we have identified a more intelligent, productive way to manage economic and environmental challenges in the Boreal that will reassure global buyers of our products’ sustainability.”

As the twenty-first century moves forward, let’s hope that more agreements can be made that help you humans to both move forward technologically while at the same time preserving nature.

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