Canada’s Boreal Forest Wilderness Highly Valuable

The world's remaining large ancient forests are priceless – providing the ecosystem services, habitat, evolutionary potential and spiritual awe upon which all life depends. Sadly some people can only appreciate this tapestry of life if expressed in economic terms. A new report on Canada's Boreal forests shows what so many have shown before – that these and other large forest wildernesses purify water, regulate climate and produce oxygen – all services worth billions of dollars. I remain slightly disturbed that the self-evident truth that ecological systems are the base of all aspects of human life including economics is not more generally recognized and acted upon. When all the forests, arable land, clean water, breathable air and ocean abundance are gone – go ahead, try eating money.

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