Helping Safeguard the Great Bear Rainforest Wins the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award

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Donella Meadows Fellow Valerie Langer, Strategic Projects Director at Stand.Earth (formerly ForestEthics), was a lead member of a multi-stakeholder coalition involving government, First Nations, environmental groups, and logging companies that successfully safeguarded the Great Bear Rainforest along Canada’s west coast using an ecosystem-based management approach.

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Valerie Langer (Stand.Earth), Nicole Rycroft (Canopy), Allegra Fuller (BFI), and Edie Farwell (SLN) at the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award ceremony, October 2016

This social change effort was recognized when the Rainforest Solutions Project (consisting of Greenpeace, Sierra Club BC, and Stand.Earth) won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award:

The decades-long struggle over British Columbia’s enormous coastal rainforests culminated in one of the most extraordinary conservation, social justice, and indigenous rights victories in recent memory: a historic multi-generational agreement between the parties to conserve and sustainably manage the 15-million acre Great Bear Rainforest, one of the largest old growth temperate rainforests on the planet. Eighty-five percent of these forests are now legally off-limits to logging.

Read the Rainforest Solutions Project announcement about winning the Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award. View all recent Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award winners.

View this stunning video on the Great Bear Rainforest by Devin Graham: