"2019 was the second warmest year on record and the end of the warmest decade (2010- 2019) ever recorded.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) levels and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere rose to new records in 2019.
Climate change is affecting every country on every continent. It is disrupting national economies and affecting lives. Weather patterns are changing, sea levels are rising, and weather events are becoming more extreme.
Although greenhouse gas emissions are projected to drop about 6 per cent in 2020 due to travel bans and economic slowdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, this improvement is only temporary. Climate change is not on pause. Once the global economy begins to recover from the pandemic, emissions are expected to return to higher levels.
Saving lives and livelihoods requires urgent action to address both the pandemic and the climate emergency.
The Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, aims to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The agreement also aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change, through appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework and an enhanced capacity building framework.' - UN Sustainable Development Goal/Climate Change
The Great Bear Carbon Credit Corporation has more than 1-million tonnes of carbon credits to sell every year. That represents more than $40-million in sales over the past decade, with 65 percent of net revenues going back to communities for conservation and 35 percent for human well-being and other projects.
With 85 percent of the Great Bear Rainforest protected, the Great Bear Forest Carbon Project is one of the largest carbon credit programs in Canada. More than 6-million hectares of coastal temperate rainforest act as lungs for the planet – storing vast amounts of carbon that causes climate change.
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Carbon Credits Helping Coastal Communities Thrive
When our guests purchase an experience with Spirit Bear Lodge they are contributing $200 per guest towards conservation efforts in the Great Bear Rainforest. This is a new and exciting initiative we introduced for our 2021 season and it has been met with great regard. The approximate $50000 will move straight through Spirit Bear Lodge to organizations such as Spirit Bear Research, SUA youth group, Coastal Guardian Watchmen, and Raincoast Conservation.
The remote coastal community of Klemtu, B.C., has been granted $4.6 million to transition from diesel to hydroelectric power, an renewable and cleaner energy source.
The Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation is receiving the funding through the province's Renewable Energy for Remote Communities (RERC) program to modernize the Baron Lake hydroelectric power facility.
Klemtu, which is only accessible by boat or plane, currently generates a significant amount of its power through diesel.
Kitasoo/Xai'xais Chief Councillor Roxanne Robinson said the upgrades will save money for the community, which will go toward a wastewater treatment plant, a larger water treatment facility, a new community hall and a new subdivision.
"We are proud to be able to transition into a greener, more environmentally friendly community and look forward to the new opportunities that this project will bring to our community," she said in a news release.
The upgrades are expected to reduce carbon emissions in Klemtu by about 11,160 tonnes over the hydropower facility's operating life.
Spirit Bear Research Foundation (SBRF) works with the Kitasoo/Xai'xais Stewardship Authority (KXSA) and Raincoast Conservation Foundation to complete research projects in KX territory. With a major focus on bears, salmon, and endangered species Spirit Bear Research Foundation helps the KXSA make land use decisions based on science. Spirit Bear Lodge will provide logistical support when needed and donates annually to SBRF.