Salish Sea could be B.C.’s next World Heritage Site: one more thing to celebrate this BC Heritage week

Public has until Earth Day (April 22) to submit feedback on WHS proposal

A group of B.C. residents have a special contribution to make to B.C.'s Heritage Week celebrations: an application to make the Salish Sea a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
 
"The Salish Sea is a cornerstone of British Columbia’s heritage,” said Laurie Gourlay, director and founder of the Salish Sea Trust. "It is a living, breathing piece of our heritage. It simultaneously tells the story of our natural, cultural, and economic histories and, with the support of British Columbians, we can make sure it stays that way.”
 
The Salish Sea Trust non-profit organization has partnered with Sea Legacy co-founders and National Geographic photojournalists Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier to rally public support for the application championing outstanding universal value that is the backyard of 3.5 million Canadians.
 
“Between now and Earth Day (April 22) we are inviting residents, neighbours, and friends of the Salish Sea to visit www.wearethesalishsea.eco to join us in expressing their admiration for this universal treasure,” said Mittermeier over sat phone from Antarctica where she is on assignment for National Geographic. “Sign on to our call to designate the Salish Sea a World Heritage Site or, do one better and write your own letter. Every expression of support makes the application stronger.”
 
Over the next three months, the campaign to have the Salish Sea recognized as a World Heritage Site will be approaching local governments, service clubs, Chambers of Commerce, boating organizations and all sectors with an interest in the Salish Sea. Along with requesting letters of support, the campaign hopes to encourage a greater appreciation of the marine heritage which the west coast of Canada is once again discovering and taking great pride in.
 
“Any organization or individual interested in learning more about this initiative is invited to contact us as soon as possible,” said Gourlay. “If you have questions, concerns, or want to get involved, please visit www.wearethesalishsea.eco to get in touch.”

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