HENRY: Our planet is poisoned, the oceans, the air,
around, beneath and above you.
NATALIE: Um, Henry, that’s true, and I totally care.
HENRY: I’m trying to tell you, I love you.
Clunky, in a Broadway sort of way (later, there’s funny line, “you’ve got some nerve, Henry, and I’m just all nerves”), but also emblematic of the daily news we hear about the environment. We rarely hear good news about our planet. So here are a three positive news items I’ve encountered this week:
- A census reveals that the number of mountain gorillas has increased. Hurray for eco-tourism.
- Closer to home,
BC’sthe House of Commons adopted an opposition motion calling for a ban on crude-oil tanker traffic off British Columbia’s north coast. It’s non-binding, but it puts pressure on the federal government to do the right thing. It’s on a rare day that I agree with Pamela Anderson.
- Manitoba announced the creation of two new provincial parks, protecting 610,000 hectares of wilderness. That’s an area bigger than Prince Edward Island.