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Age of Union Joins Stand.earth in a Major Fundraising Campaign to Stop Old Growth Forest Logging in Western Canada

Age of Union donates $100,000 to Stand.earth, catalyzes ambitious fundraising campaign to raise $500,000 in additional investments for old growth forest protection in British Columbia

Age of Union donation will help drive the development of first-of-its-kind satellite tool "Forest Eye" that will give the public a direct line of sight into logging

VANCOUVER, BC, s?l?ílw?ta?? (Tsleil-Waututh), x?m??kw?y??m (Musqueam), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Territories, Aug. 1, 2023 /CNW/ - In a call for the government to stop the logging of rare, at-risk old growth forests in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada once and for all, Age of Union and Stand.earth have partnered to scale a major campaign to shed light on the continuing destruction of the last remaining old growth forests using cutting-edge research and technology.

Age of Union, led by Vancouver-born tech entrepreneur and environmentalist Dax Dasilva, announced a $100,000 donation to Stand.earth who has also launched a fundraising goal of $500,000 in additional investments. This initial funding supports the July 20th launch and ongoing development of "Forest Eye," an innovative satellite tool that will provide the public with a direct line of sight into the current state of old growth logging in B.C.

"Forest Eye is designed to be disruptive, transparent, and support public mobilization and local community organizing around stopping old growth logging, and holding the B.C. government to account," says Angeline Robertson, Senior Investigative Researcher with Stand.earth Research Group (SRG) and lead on the project.

How Forest Eye Works

Forest Eye is a groundbreaking detection system that uses remote sensing, satellite imagery and GIS mapping to identify when and where road-building, logging, or other forest cover loss has occurred in at-risk old growth areas. It will be the first of its kind for B.C. ? which is significant considering the environmental importance and sheer immensity of these old growth forests, and how rare they have become due to logging. 

$500,000 Fundraising Campaign

Stand.earth and Age of Union will collaborate on an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise $500,000, growing the campaign to the scale needed to effectively defend old growth forests. Contributions to the campaign will support:

"In a time when British Columbia is experiencing its worst ever wildfire season in the 21st century, the science is clear ? we need these rare, old growth forests to stay standing to protect us from some of the worst climate impacts," said Tzeporah Berman, International Program Director, Stand.earth. "We need all hands on deck to protect these increasingly rare ecosystems and we are proud to partner with Age of Union in our shared mission."

"Stand.earth has demonstrated that it's well ahead of the curve when it comes to tracking progress and keeping the B.C. government accountable to its commitments," said Dax Dasilva, Founder, Age of Union. "My first experience working in environmentalism was when as a teenager I participated in the blockades to protect Clayoquot Sound, led by Tzeporah. I vowed then and there that I would continue fighting for our forests, and it's an honour to stand by her side again in the same fight three decades later. Now is the time to put an end to harmful logging and we believe that this partnership will empower people and policymakers alike to do the right thing."

In 2020, the B.C. NDP government promised to implement all 14 recommendations from its own Old Growth Strategic Review, including immediately stopping (or deferring) logging in the most at-risk old growth forests. The recommendations had specific implementation timelines, ranging from six months for deferrals to three years for establishing a robust monitoring system ? but to this day not a single recommendation has been fulfilled, despite being just a few months shy of the province's three-year deadline. The majority of the most at-risk forests identified in this review have not yet been deferred, and are still being destroyed.

Last year, Stand.earth released an investigative report that reveals the extent of the B.C. government's inaction on old growth, which has allowed the ongoing destruction of some of the most ancient, rare old growth forests across the province. This investigation uncovered ground-breaking satellite imaging to expose where logging is still happening in places the government committed to protect.

Donations to the Stand.earth and Age of Union old growth fundraising campaign can be made online at: https://stand.earth/AgeOfUnionPartnership. For questions about making an impactful gift to the campaign, contact [email protected] or +1 415.532.3710.

About Age of Union Alliance

Age of Union is a non-profit environmental alliance that supports and makes visible a global community of changemakers working on the ground to protect the planet's threatened species and ecosystems. Launched in October 2021 by tech leader and environmental activist Dax Dasilva in Montreal, Canada with an initial $40 million pledge, Age of Union seeks to ignite a flame within every person through conservation efforts that solve critical environmental challenges around the world and inspire high-impact change by showing the positive impact that every individual can make.

For more information, please visit: AgeofUnion.com 

On social media: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter 

About Stand.earth

Stand.earth is an international nonprofit environmental organization with offices in Canada and the United States that is known for its groundbreaking research and successful corporate and citizen engagement campaigns to create new policies and industry standards in protecting forests, advocating for the rights of Indigenous Peoples and protecting the climate. 

For more information, please visit: www.stand.earth

SOURCE Age of Union Alliance

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