A team of scientists from the University of Oxford are working on a world map which shows all the land owned or revered by various world religions. This "holy map" will display all the sacred sites from Jerusalem's Western Wall, to Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, to St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
Just as interesting, the map will also show the great forests held sacred by various religions. Within these protected lands dwell a wide variety of life and high numbers of threatened species.The sacred land mapped out by the Oxford researchers is not necessarily owned by a certain religious community, but rather contains sacred connotations.
They estimate that about fifteen percent of all land on Earth is "sacred land", and eight percent of all land is owned by a religious community. Much of the land held sacred is forest.... Read more »
Transport Canada released a study on Monday July 11th, 2011, that suggested an airport would be needed on federally owned land in northwest Pickering some time in the next 16 to 26 years. Under the scenarios envisioned by the study, Pearson will likely reach a maximum capacity of 54 million to 60 million passengers annually between 2027 and 2037, up from 32 million now. Meanwhile, the international airports in Hamilton and Waterloo could see as many as 10.5 million and 6.9 million annual passengers, respectively – exponential increases, given that both airports currently serve a combined total of just 500,000 people every year.... Read more »
The theme of this year's World Environment Day (WED) was forests.
From InsideToronto.com article by Danielle Milley, June 8, 2011
(photo from www.canadatourism.com)
While movers and shakers from the environmental and political spheres had their moment Monday morning, the rest of the United Nations World Environment Day North American event at Evergreen Brick Works was about the future leaders.
Fifty students from North Kipling Junior Middle School took part in a special interactive workshop with American astronaut Mae Jemison called Forests Matter to Youth, Too. ... Read more »
Edmonton to Participate in International Day of Action Against the Tar Sands with Event at Alberta Legislature
Edmonton - On June 17th Alberta residents and representatives from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, and Dene Suline will create a visual on the Legislature steps to visually show how we have choices for our economic future – a tar sands future that will continue to devastate the land and trample treaty rights or a green future that respects the land and the original stewards of it. The visual is part of the International Day of Action Against the Tar Sands that will see anti-tar sands events being held in over 11 Canadian cities, 25 cities in the United States, in addition to events in Europe and countries as far away as New Zealand.
Who: Alberta residents and representatives from the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation, Dene Suline, Greenpeace Canada and Sierra Club Prairie.... Read more »
Residents of southern Alberta came to Calgary on Wednesday to protest logging in a nearby protected area.
The Castle Special Management Area is a protected part of the province located just north of Waterton Lakes National Park.
The provincial government is allowing Spray Lakes Sawmill to start work there later this month.
People gathered outside of the McDougall Centre to protest the construction, due to the effect it would have on wildlife.
The group has rallied several times over the past year, but some say that this month is key because the sawmill work is scheduled to start soon.
"We really hope something is going to happen sooner rather than later because Spray Lakes could start building roads the end of this month," says Gordon Petersen of the Castle-Crown Wilderness Coalition.
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