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Time is running out to protect BC’s Sacred Headwaters, says National Geographic's Wade Davis

ForestEthics to host event promoting book release, protection of salmon-bearing rivers from gas drilling and coal mining
Feb 6, 2012

Wade DavisVancouver, BC - Canadian Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis will be in Vancouver to promote protection of the Sacred Headwaters and the release of his book The Sacred Headwaters.  ForestEthics is hosting Davis on March 6, 2012 from 7pm – 9pm at SFU Woodward Centre for the Arts. View map >>

During this event, Wade Davis speaks about the country’s extraordinary cultural heritage, describes the region’s beauty, the threats to it, and the response of native groups and other inhabitants.

"My goal is to showcase the beauty and stories of this little known place in northwest B.C. - one of the rarest tracts of remaining intact wilderness left on the planet - and raise awareness of the threats that would transform this region for all time," says Davis of his speaking tour, and of his book, The Sacred Headwaters.  “This could be the Sacred Headwaters not just for all Canadians but also for all peoples of the world. “  

The creation stories of several northwest First Nations come from the Sacred Headwaters, and the Tahltan First Nation practice traditional hunting and gathering there. This region, at the shared nexus of the Skeena, Nass, and Stikine Rivers, teems with Canada’s iconic grizzly bear, caribou, mountain goats, wolves and moose.  A moratorium banning Shell from drilling for coalbed methane in the Sacred Headwaters will expire in December 2012. 

"It would be a tragic loss if Shell’s profit-driven drilling for coalbed methane irreversibly destroyed this area before Canadians even had a chance to realize what was lost," says Karen Tam Wu, ForestEthics Senior Conservation Campaigner.

The Sacred Headwaters are located in northwest British Columbia 600 kilometres north of Terrace, BC. In 2008, the BC government imposed a four-year moratorium on Shell's activities in the area. The headwaters have been listed on the Outdoor Recreation Council's Most Endangered Rivers List for the past two years.

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance until March 2nd.
Advance purchase prices are $10 for students (with ID), $12 for adults, and $15 at the door. 

ForestEthics is a nonprofit environmental organization in Canada and the United States. To date, ForestEthics has secured the protection of more than 65 million acres (25 million hectares) of Endangered Forests.

Sacred Headwaters is published by Greystone Books in association with the David Suzuki Foundation. All royalties from the sale of the book go to supporting the efforts to save the Sacred Headwaters. This tour is carbon neutral and is sponsored by Offsetters, The Canada Council for the Arts, and Tartan Group.

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