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ERIC Number: EJ1166763
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 44
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Rock, Paper, Protest: The Fight for the Boreal Forest
Gunz, Sally; Whittaker, Linda
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v33 n2 p317-360 Sum 2016
Canada's boreal forests are second only to the Amazon in producing life-giving oxygen and providing a habitat for thousands of species, from the large woodland caribou to the smallest organisms. The boreal forests are the lifeblood of many Aboriginal communities and the thousands of workers, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, who harvest and process pulp, paper, and other lumber products. All depend on the forest for their livelihood, their lifestyle, and the survival of their communities. Many groups, including environmentalists, multinational lumber companies, First Nations, and governments, have competing interests in the boreal forest. In 2010, key players with interests in the boreal forest formed the Boreal Forest Agreement, with the very specific goals of protecting the forest and its ecosystem, and ending conflict between the forestry industry and environmentalists. This case explores what has happened since. It focuses on the conflict between Resolute Forest Products and Greenpeace International, including boycotts, accusations, retractions, alliances, misrepresentations, lawsuits, and countersuits. In this case the reader will learn about the resources that are under dispute, the key players involved, and the agreement that was designed to avoid future conflicts. The article closes with examples of questions that instructors may use for discussion purposes depending on the seniority of students and the focus of the class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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