Rare, signed copies of Nobel Laureate Alice Munro's Dear Life. Clayoquot 20 years later. Broadback update. And more...

Signed, Limited Edition Copies of Nobel Laureate Alice Munro’s Dear Life


A gift to Canadian Heritage: our forests.

Life of Pi is the story of an amazing journey. While celebrating the best in Canadian writing at the International Festival of Authors for The Journey Prize, support a made-in-Canada solution to help protect ancient forests. Canopy’s signed copies of Life of Pi are printed on 30% flax straw and 70% recycled paper.

Author Yann Martel envisions straw paper as a novel way to save our forests and provide grain farmers with a means of turning harvest leftovers into a commodity. These books make an amazing literary prize or present, not to mention a gift to Canadian heritage: our forests. A limited number of signed hardcover editions are available exclusively at:

Canopy has been helping large publishers and printers to appreciate their impact on forest ecosystems, and developing and promoting alternatives, since 2000. That’s when we began our work with the Canadian book publishing industry
Back then books were rarely printed environmental papers. And in a classic chicken-and-egg situation, mainstream paper mills were not producing environmental options because market demand was lacking.
Canopy began by working to secure commitments from book publishers to source environmental papers from their suppliers. At the same time we reached out to literary icon, Alice Munro, to explain the benefits of prioritizing the environment in the paper choices for her upcoming book. What happened next changed the way the book publishing industry thought about paper and protecting forests forever. 
At Canopy’s urging, Alice Munro stopped the presses on her book to ensure it was printed on environmental paper. As a result, Alice Munro's Hateship, Friendship, Loveship, Marriage, was the first major title printed on ecopaper, completely free of endangered forests.
Munro’s latest book, Dear Life (her last now that she has announced her retirement) was printed on ecopaper for a limited edition. Printed specially on paper made from straw and post consumer recycled content rather than trees, the books highlight a viable solution to logging carbon-rich forests for paper.
A limited number of these rare, signed copies are available only through Canopy’s online marketplace. As a newly appointed Nobel laureate for literature, Munro’s rare, signed books won’t last! All proceeds go towards Canopy’s continued forest conservation work and development of alternative paper sources.
Order your signed copy today. Learn more about Canopy’s ongoing collaboration with the publishing industry. Read the full story about these limited edition books.
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Great Bear Rainforest Roundtable


New Report Profiles Leaders in Sustainable Printing

Canopy, has just released its Green Print Leadership Report, a resource designed to help companies choose printers that match their sustainability commitments. Canopy’s 2013 Report demystifies sustainable business practices in the large commercial printing sector and shines a spotlight on printers that have distinguished themselves.
Read more about the report from our story recently featured in Sustainable Brands.

There are few initiatives as inspiring as the collaborative solutions on the verge of finalization in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest. Once fully implemented, this agreement will serve as an unprecedented model for a world seeking pathways to greater sustainability.
On June 19, representatives from companies with combined assets of over $700 billion gathered in Vancouver at a Canopy co-hosted Great Bear Rainforest Customer and Investor Roundtable. These forest industry customers attended to demonstrate marketplace support and encouragement for the completion of the remarkable agreements negotiated for the world’s largest remaining intact tract of coastal temperate rainforest.
During our meeting, the Government of British Columbia, First Nations, forest companies and environmentalists pledged to meet their 2006 commitments, fulfilling the scientific recommendation to maintain 70% of natural levels of old-growth ecosystems while concurrently improving human well-being.
The Honorable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the Government of British Columbia presented the keynote address and spoke to the fact that finalizing and putting in place these agreements by March, 2014 is one of his newly re-elected government’s top priorities.
The next step is the forest companies must provide environmental organizations with a map and proposed strategy to achieve the 70% and the two must reach consensus. This joint proposal from forest companies and environmentalists is being requested by the First Nations and Provincial Governments so they can meet the March 2014 deadline.
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Canopy: Born From Clayoquot


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20 years ago, thousands of passionate citizens blockaded logging trucks to protect old growth trees of Clayoquot Sound. Some of these 1000 year-old giants would fill up a living room and were as tall as skyscrapers. The movement to preserve these amazing forests resulted in the largest act of civil disobedience in Canadian history, as children, elders and many others totaling 12,000 lent their support to stop the passage of logging trucks, and stood up for some of the last and most endangered old growth temperate rainforests in the world.
As the days of the protest wore on, Canopy’s founder, Nicole Rycroft, realized that the responsibility to protect these forests needed to go beyond just the logging companies to those that were buying the products of these massive trees. In 1999, Canopy emerged as a leading non-profit organization created to build solutions and partner with major pulp and paper users to develop purchasing policies that preserve these critical forests. Today, Canopy partners with over 700 companies and focuses on key endangered forest areas globally.
Clayoquot was established as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2000 and tensions decreased for a time. However, two-thirds of Clayoquot Sound continues to be at risk of being logged. Further, this area is only one key region on Vancouver Island where only about 20 percent of the original old growth temperate rainforests remain standing.
At Canopy, as we reflect on our Clayoquot roots, we are going beyond this special place to the rest of Vancouver Island, where 21 of 282 rainforest watersheds are unlogged[1]. It is critical that forest conservation efforts continue in British Columbia and across the globe.
We are inspired by a vision for the future that does not depend on endangered trees, focusing instead on their protection. We are ready to work with our existing signatories as well as other conscientious companies to support a shift to logging second-growth trees, while protecting endangered forest hotspots that have never been harvested. Born from Clayoquot Sound, Canopy continues to develop policies and support the protection of key endangered forests.

Boreal Breakthrough: Protection Within Reach for Quebec’s Broadback Forest


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The Broadback is one of the last large wilderness areas in Northern Quebec. Traditional territory of several Cree First Nations and home to three herds of threatened woodland caribou; the Broadback is also a critical carbon storehouse. Its intact forests, bogs and soil absorb tonnes of greenhouse gases and help mitigate climate change.
The Grand Council of the Crees, together with the Nemaska, Waswanipi and Ouje-Bougoumou Nations have called for 13,000 km2 (3,212,369 acres) of this irreplaceable Boreal forest jewel to be protected. This includes the already legislated Assinica Heritage Park at 3,193 km2 (789,007 acres).
In 2010, Quebec’s Ministry of Environment identified a serious shortage of large protected spaces in the Province and recommended implementing at least 10,000 square kilometres of new protected areas for caribou.
Forces for change have aligned to provide a unique window in time with remarkable cohesion between usually divergent parties. The Broadback represents an unprecedented opportunity for protection in the Boreal Forest. All major logging companies in the region have agreed to a temporary deferral on industrial activity. The Cree Nations, environmental organizations, local communities, scientists and economic stakeholders have aligned in support of action for the Broadback. The government of Quebec is currently assessing the shortcomings in its protected area networks, the need for action to protect threatened caribou herds and changes to forestry management.
This is the time for the Government of Quebec to seize this remarkable opportunity. Support Canopy for this important conservation work. The future of Canada’s woodland caribou depends on it.

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What’s your environmental sin?
I use far too many zip lock bags for lunches, leftovers and camping trips.
What do you do when you’re not thinking of forests? or the planet?
How to keep my two teenagers busy and out of trouble, when a where my next holiday will be, the next home renovations and what to cook for dinner.
What do you like most about being staff of an environmental not-for-profit?
Being a part of the environmental change I would like to see and the creative and inspired people that I get to work with.
If you were a fortune teller, what would your life look like in 20 years?
Semi-retired and living next to a great surf beach. Close to lots of outdoor activities to keep me fit and stimulated. Afternoons with the grand kids and a busy international travel schedule with an active role in an environmental or development NGO.
What’s your favorite endangered animal?
Currently the African Elephant and Rhino are under renewed threat due to the Chinese demand for black market Ivory. 
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