Nine in ten Ontarians want more of Ontario's Boreal forest protected as a shield against global warming

    TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - Nine in ten Ontarians are in favour of
protecting more of Ontario's Boreal forest as a shield against global warming
according to a new poll by Pollara that was commissioned by ForestEthics.
    Sixty seven per cent of the respondents strongly agreed that the Ontario
government should do more to protect the Boreal forest, another 23% somewhat
agreed, while women over the age of fifty five were the most in favour, with
85% in strong agreement. Respondents in rural Ontario were just as likely as
those in urban centers to want more protection.
    "These findings reinforce that Ontarians want the Boreal Forest protected
as part of the response to global warming," said Tzeporah Berman, Strategic
Director at ForestEthics. "Unfortunately, only ten per cent of Ontario's
Boreal is under protection and not a single acre has been protected in the
last four years."
    The poll was undertaken during the rollout of the Ontario government's
long-awaited climate plan, which included no measures for forest protection.
Meanwhile, already close to half of the Boreal forest in Ontario is licensed
out to logging companies.
    According to the Stern Report and the World Resources Institute,
deforestation and forest degradation account for 18% of the world's greenhouse
gas emissions. Other major sources of greenhouse gas emissions on a global
scale include transport (14%), industry (14%) and power production (24%). To
date, the McGuinty government has announced initiatives that help to address
these sources of global warming pollution, but has failed to take action on
forest protection.
    Ontario is home to some of the largest intact forest on the planet;
forest that if cut down that would worsen the climate change situation the
planet faces. According to the Kyoto rules, each year logging in Ontario emits
roughly the same amount of greenhouse gas as all light duty trucks on the road
in the province.
    ForestEthics wants the Ontario government to protect intact Boreal
Forests from logging and mining and put in place rules for development in
Ontario's Northern Boreal Forest.
    "We are looking for action on forest protection and will be letting
voters across Ontario know how McGuinty's record stands," added Berman. "We
will also be waiting to hear what the two other parties plan to do if
    Pollara conducted the poll from June 14 and June 19, 2007. The sample
yields an overall marginal error of plus or minus 4.2 per cent, nineteen times
out of twenty.

For further information:

For further information: Tzeporah Berman - Strategic Director,
ForestEthics, (250) 935-0061; Gillian McEachern - Senior Boreal Campaigner,
ForestEthics, (416) 938-6032; Stephanie Blenkiron - Senior Research Analyst,
POLLARA, (647) 258-8887

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