CMC 16 – The Save The World? Issue

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Save the world? I don’t believe the world needs saving. The Earth is resilient. She is strong and fierce and violent, and she reminds us of this with every cataclysmic weather event or geological rumbling. As many scientists have concluded, we are in the midst of the sixth major extinction event. Six. Five times before, this big, blue, beautiful earth has seen its life forms suffer, die and then disappear. She has survived each one with tragic grace. The earth does not mourn the dinosaurs. She will not miss us.

What we humans are trying to save is ourselves. All species are programmed with the top priority of self-preservation, of which pain and fear are motivating factors. We are afraid now that we will function with less than we are accustomed to. That paralysis can feel overwhelming, and one of the main reasons is that there are too many of us, and most are wildly disconnected from nature. People who know what a healthy river or forest look like will protect it. So what can we do to help make Earth remain comfortable and useful to humanity for the short time we might still have left?

Read this issue to find out.

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As the Pacific Northwest clings to much of the planet’s remaining old-growth timber, what should be left to stand and what needs to fall? We report on the paradox plaguing our last greatest forests with a chorus of voices from every corner of the clear-cut.

One of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest modern-day conservationists is screening his natural-history tale about the Great Bear Rainforest at IMAX theatres around the world.

I don’t want to eat less meat. I hate recycling. But I’m going to keep trying. Above all else, I will not be angry and resentful. I’ll go outside and ride and surf and hike so I can stay connected to what’s most important.

In an ode to the unkempt and disdained, writer Steve Threndyle dives into the history of one of the most commonly used descriptives in mountain circles. We suggest you read this, dirtbags.

Empowerment and steelhead on the Bulkley River. Fly-fishing guide April Vokey casts away.

Hundreds of stalwart volunteers are digging in and raking muck in BC streams for the precious salmon and its precarious future.

A new school of linguistic experts and cultural researchers is beginning to discover a connection between endangered languages and collapsing ecologies. Can we save the world one word at a time?

The global cold-water cosmos knows Tofino, British Columbia’s Surf Sister, an all-inclusive school that has stewarded the surf scene for 20 years. Story and photographs by Erin Hogue.

Former Hazelton, BC, mayor Alice Maitland has spoken out on all matters of small-town politics, including big-business bullying and indigenous rights — and she’s only 85.

Tucked into the cleavage of Mount Fromme and the rear end of Vancouver’s North Shore, The VanTan Club invites recreationalists of all shapes and sizes to undress for success.