The dramatic impact climate change is having on BC’s landscapes are being felt intensely in our forests, impacting the ecosystem, biodiversity, forest-reliant economies, and more.
Lead scientist in the Ministry, Colin Mahoney spoke to a crowded room on the research his team is working on to adapt our forests for climate change. But he cautioned that adaptation can only go so far if climate change is not brought to equilibrium.
“There's a lot we can do in forest policy and community action to make our forest and communities safer, but all these efforts will be futile if we don't stabilize our climate,” he said. “Since most of our greenhouse gases come from fossil fuels, that means that we need to phase out fossil fuels as rapidly as possible to stabilize the climate. We need to decarbonize our economy by 2050, as committed by the BC government.”
Here’s what else he had to say: