New online outreach campaign urges B.C. government to "Keep the Promise" to the Great Bear Rainforest

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - With the eleventh hour looming over the
Great Bear Rainforest agreements, a new online outreach campaign from
Greenpeace, Sierra Club B.C. and ForestEthics has already prompted thousands
of people to email Premier Campbell to remind him to "Keep the Promise" to the
Great Bear Rainforest. The online outreach is galvanizing the support of
influential blogs while social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are
mobilizing users from around the world to encourage the B.C. government to
keep its promise.
    "Already thousands have written to the Premier, which shows how much the
Great Bear Rainforest is valued at home and around the world," says Valerie
Langer, ForestEthics' B.C. coast campaigns director. "People want the B.C.
government to inspire them by keeping its promise to them and the rainforest."
    As part of the B.C. government's 2006 announcement - one that made
headlines around the world - Premier Gordon Campbell committed to implement a
multi-part conservation agreement by March 31st, 2009. Significant progress
has been made and one-third of the rainforest is now protected from logging.
However, the groups say time is running out for the B.C. government to have a
credible plan that ensures the ecological health of the rest of the stunning
    "We are so close to finally having a conservation model that can be
showcased around the world," says Stephanie Goodwin, Greenpeace senior forest
campaigner. "But without follow-through on the Great Bear Rainforest
agreements, the province will fall short on preserving the rainforest for
future generations."
    An online community of Great Bear supporters is growing rapidly while
high-profile blogs are airing a Great Bear video that urges viewers to send
their own messages to the Premier.
    "With the finish line looming on the horizon, it is critical that the
B.C. government moves quickly to earn global recognition for its leadership in
protecting the Great Bear Rainforest," says Jens Wieting, coastal forest
campaigner with Sierra Club BC.


For further information:

For further information: Jens Wieting, Sierra Club B.C., Coastal forest
campaigner, (250) 889-9605; Stephanie Goodwin, Greenpeace, Senior forest
campaigner, (604) 761-6722; Valerie Langer, ForestEthics, Director, B.C. coast
campaigns, (604) 307-6448

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