Donella Meadows Fellow Valerie Langer, Strategic Projects Director at Stand.Earth (formerly ForestEthics), was a lead member of a multi-stakeholder coalition involving government, First Nations, environmental groups, and logging companies that successfully safeguarded the Great Bear Rainforest along Canada’s west coast using an ecosystem-based management approach.
This social change effort was recognized when the Rainforest Solutions Project (consisting of Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC, and Stand.Earth) won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award:
The decades-long struggle over British Columbia’s enormous coastal rainforests culminated in one of the most extraordinary conservation, social justice, and indigenous rights victories in recent memory: a historic multi-generational agreement between the parties to conserve and sustainably manage the 15-million acre Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest old growth temperate rainforests on the planet. Eighty-five percent of these forests are now legally off-limits to logging.
View this stunning video on the Great Bear Rainforest by Devin Graham: