The health of British Columbians and their economy are intimately linked to the health of their environment. People depend on natural capital, such as wood, fish, fruits and vegetables, and ecosystem services such as water purification, soil creation and biological diversity to help maintain a healthy, productive environment. The government's environmental gols are:
- Protect human health and safety by ensuring clean and safe water, land and air.
- Maintain and restore the natural diversity of ecosystems, and fish and wildlife species and their habitat.
This report on the state of British Columbia's environment was prepared to inform people about how their choices affect the natural world. Environmental Trends in British Columbia 2002 is published by the provincial government to make credible scientific information on key environmental issues and trends accessible to citizens. It is part of the government's commitment to accountability and transparency. This is not just a report on government performance; it also shows the results of decisions by industries, businesses and individuals. This environmental information can be used by British Columbian's to make choices that promote a healthy environment for themselves and future generations.
Poole, Jim. 2002. Environmental Trends in British Columbia. British Columbia Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection
Keywords: healthy ecosystems, healthy people, air quality, environment indicators, health indicators, water, surface water quality, groundwater, surface water use, toxic contaminants, stewardship, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, biodiversity
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