Conservation in Costa Rica and Canada: Two Countries Heading in Different Directions?
One’s headed apace back to the 19th century; one’s firmly in the 21st century.
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Canada. The latter is Costa Rica.
20 years ago, the roles were reversed. Canada was a vast country famous for its wilderness and conservation ethos.
Costa Rica, on the other hand, was a tiny country bent on exploiting its forests to the point of near extermination. Just 20% of the country still was forested.
Fast forward to today. My! How things have changed.
Canada: Back to the Exploitative Days of the 19th Century
Canada has declared war on the environment and its wildlife.
The Canadian government wants to expand tar sands drilling in Alberta to an area the size of the state of Florida, cutting down vast areas of boreal forest and putting animals like the woodland caribou at serious risk.
The government’s solution? Kill thousands of wolves that, for eons, have contributed to the health of those very caribou with nature in balance.
Researchers estimate that, unless controls are put into place, the arboreal forests could be gone within a decade.
And what would remain? Vast areas of slurry and sludge-filled dikes contaminated with toxic chemicals such as naphthenic acid and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH).
Life replaced with death.
Costa Rica Conservation: World Leader in the 21st Century
About two decades ago, with its forests depleted nearly 80%, Costa Rica set out on a radical course: replace exploitative practices with sustainable development and conservation.
Today, reforesting efforts receive enormous support from all levels of government and the public, so much so that 46% of the country is now covered with forests once again. The recovery of the forests has resulted in the return of animals not seen for many years by locals.
More importantly, Costa Ricans at the highest levels—led by its past President, Oscar Arias—have declared that it’s time to make peace with nature, warning: