As the ultimate carbon sink, Canada’s forests can play a critical role in helping meet our country's climate change targets. But how we manage them matters.
Everyone knows that as a forest grows, trees absorb and store carbon. But over time – our forests mature and decay, gradually losing their carbon-absorbing benefits and becoming susceptible to natural disturbances such as fire, pest outbreaks and disease that can release tremendous amounts of CO2 and other GHGs back into the atmosphere. Though these disturbances are normal in the forest, they are becoming more frequent and severe as a result of climate change, turning our forests from climate change fighting assets into liabilities.
That’s where Canada's forest sector comes in.
When we monitor our forests’ health and manage them through carefully planned harvesting and replanting, we can remove the overgrowth, decay and debris that accelerates natural disturbances, protecting our forests against the impacts of climate change and renewing their capacity to capture carbon for another generation.
That’s why sustainable forest management matters — we’re working with nature to help our forests reach their full potential.
By 2030, Canada’s forest sector can remove 30 megatonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere every year.
That’s the equivalent of taking 9,000,000 cars off the road
Or the energy needed to power 3,600,000 homes every year.
As we reach a critical point in our collective fight against climate change, it’s essential that our government recognize the most powerful tools in our climate change toolbox. Our sustainably managed forests and responsibly sourced forest products are one of those tools. Canada’s commitment to meeting 2050 emissions targets means ensuring our sector, a world leader in sustainable forest management, can maximize the carbon-capture potential of our forests.
Send a letter to your Member of Parliament to let them know you see the potential of Canada’s forest sector to be our greatest climate change asset. Tell them to empower a sector capable of maximizing our opportunities to combat climate change by supporting our country’s sustainable forest management practices.
Send a letter to your Member of Parliament today calling on them to support a sector that’s championing natured-based solutions to climate change and leading the world in sustainable forest management.