General · 3rd March 2014
Dan Lewis and Bonny Glambeck of Clayoquot Action, a Tofino–based conservation group, are coming to the island as guests of Sierra Quadra with their presentation, Clayoquot Summer: 20 Years After. Their aim is to draw attention to the need to finally realize the dream of protecting Clayoquot Sound’s globally rare temperate rainforests and recognizing the rights of the region’s Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations.
The pair – no strangers to Quadra – are seasoned naturalists and expedition sea kayakers who have paddled much of the BC coast. They’ll share their insider’s perspective on the mass protests of Clayoquot Summer 1993, and reflect on the outcomes of that historic summer. “Many people think the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is a park,” said Glambeck. “It most certainly is not. Twenty years after the mass protests of 1993, there are 21 fish farm sites putting the wild salmon at risk, and Imperial Metals is considering opening two mines!”
Be prepared for an unforgettable journey through the natural beauty and splendour of Clayoquot Sound. “We now understand that wild salmon provide the missing nutrients to grow Clayoquot’s monumental cedars,” said Lewis. “Anything that puts wild salmon at risk also threatens the ancient rainforests.”
Clayoquot Summer 20 Years was featured at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival last fall.
Don’t miss Dan and Bonny’s compelling and inspiring presentation. Catch them at the Quadra Community Centre on Saturday March 22. The event begins at 7:30pm, and doors open at 7 so you can snack out on our great desserts, coffee and tea. Admission, as always, is by donation.
We’re delighted to have Dan and Bonny back to the island, presenting on one of the most beautiful parts of our coast, and closing Sierra Quadra’s 2013 / 2014 Speaker Series. (We're not done yet, though – our Beach Cleanup is scheduled for Sunday April 27, and we're working on a great line-up of presenters for next year!)