19 Facts About One of the Greatest Forests on the Planet. {Video}

Via Lynn Hasselberger
on Aug 21, 2012
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#1. The “world’s largest and most devastating environmental industrial project” is situated there.

Scroll down for the remaining 18 facts about the Boreal Forest.

But before you do, I hope you’ll watch Garth Lenz present his photos and the impact of tar sands mining in this moving, unforgettable TED talk video.

Your Voice Counts!

In the U.S.: Tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline from the Canadian tar sands and instead focus on safe, clean energy.

All others: Let the Candian government know your concerned about the endangerment of the Boreal Forest.

More about Garth Lenz.

TED speaker Garth Lenz’s work as a photojournalist has won him top awards at Pris de la Photographie Paris and the International Photography Awards. He is also a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers. His solo exhibition featuring the Alberta Tar Sands, “The True Cost of Oil” premiered in 2011.

Eighteen more Facts about the Boreal Forest (via Canadian Geographic):

  1. 53 percent of land in Canada is covered by boreal forest.
  2. 25 percent of the world’s boreal forests lie within Canada’s borders.
  3. Several million litres of water are absorbed and filtered in the boreal forest every day.
  4. 80 percent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water supply is found in Canada’s boreal forest.
  5. More than 500 indigenous communities live in the boreal region
  6. 1.5 million lakes are distributed throughout the boreal forest
  7. Up to five billion birds—about 200 species—breed in the boreal region.
  8. 35 waterfowl species use the boreal forest.
  9. 60 percent of Canada’s bird population can be found in the boreal regions.
  10. 40 percent of North America’s migratory waterfowl use the boreal forest.
  11. 20 tree species can be found in the boreal region.
  12. 5,000 species of fungi grow in boreal forests.
  13. Water bodies include: bogs, fens, marshes, shallow lakes, rivers, and wetlands
  14. 94 percent of Canada’s boreal forest is publicly owned.
  15. More than 30 percent of boreal forest has been allocated to industry.
  16. 90 percent of logging in Canada’s boreal forest is clearcutting
  17. 30 percent of boreal region is within a kilometer of a road.
  18. 85,000 migratory bird nests were lost in 2001 due to logging.
  19. We need to stop the tar sands from ruining it.

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About Lynn Hasselberger

Lynn Hasselberger is co-founder of GDGD Radio; The Green Divas Managing Editor; and Producer of The Green Divas Radio Show. She's also a mom, writer and award-winning cat-herder who lives in Chicagoland. Sunrises, running, yoga, lead-free chocolate and comedy are just a few of her fave things. In her rare moments of spare time, she blogs at myEARTH360.com and LynnHasselberger.com. A treehugger and social media addict, you'll most likely find Lynn on twitter (@LynnHasselbrgr @GreenDivaLynn & @myEARTH360), instagram and facebook. She hopes to make the world a better place, have more fun, re-develop her math skills and overcome her fear of public speaking. Like her writing? Subscribe to her posts.


6 Responses to “19 Facts About One of the Greatest Forests on the Planet. {Video}”

  1. caroline says:

    The oil sands are in Fort McMurray Alberta. That is 1659 miles or 2669.33 Kilometers from Ontario, about 752 miles or 1209.97 Kilometers to manitoba, and about approximately 223 kilometres from Lake Athabasca, adjacent to Wood Buffalo National Park. So I don't know why he is showing photos and talking about these areas! The oil sands have no affect on these's area's and is not located any where near them. I find it terribly miss leading to people who are not familiar with Canadas geographical areas and leads me to believe that is his aim. he is miss leading people in to believing Canada is destroying all of the boreal forests and that is untrue. The tar sands are not and will never ruin any area in Ontario,Manitoba or even Saskatchewan. The oil sands will never affect the trees or birds or any of the wild life found in those areas because it is no where near there. What is truly upsetting is instead of spreading misleading propaganda we should be talking about the pipeline in to BC which is a real concern! We need to start talking about our greed not need, as consumers for all thing made from oil byproducts, like cell phone,computers,plastics, clothing and the list goes on and on. Stop the demand and you will stop the oil sands!!!! We don't need lies and propaganda because it makes us as bad as the Government and oil companies.

  2. Thanks for the comment, Caroline. Would you be interested in writing about it?

  3. Garth Lenz says:

    Hi Caroline,

    I am sorry if you found any of the talk misleading. The opening introduction was to put the tar sands in the overall context of the boreal ecosystem that they are situated in, not to give the impression that they are an immediate threat outside of the areas in Alberta which they occupy and which I never stated they were a direct threat to. Of course threats are represented by the growing network of pipelines existing and proposed. Of course they have already done great damage in Michigan and could do the same long the proposed Gateway Pipeline, the proposed trailbreaker pipeline from Montreal to Portland Maine, and many other areas. I certainly do not believe I was spreading any "misleading propaganda." If you belive this to be the case, I would be most appreciative if you provided a direct quote and time so I could check.

    Garth Lenz

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