Taking on corporate interests might feel like an overwhelming undertaking for any individual. A group of Canadian individuals, however, recently used the power of crowdfunding to group together and take on the powers of industry.
In the first effort of its kind, Canadians raised $3 million via a crowdfunding website in order to purchase coastal lands in British Columbia that could have otherwise been bought up for development or logging.
Saving the land from loggers
A stretch of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast called Princess Louisa Inlet was put up for sale earlier this year. The coastline often referred to as the Yosemite of the North, is locally beloved as a great example of a southern fjord in North America.
The land that was put up for sale comprises 2,000 acres (800 hectares) of a wildlife haven that is a virtually untouched pristine coastline — a popular destination amongst boaters and outdoor enthusiasts.
The Crowdfunding efforts were organized by BC Parks Foundation, a non-profit group that aims to protect natural landscapes in British Columbia. Scores of Canadians pooled together what they could, to protect the land from the interest of loggers and developers.
The crowdfunding pledge has just been announced a success, and the land has been bought from its previous private owner.
You did it! We are overjoyed to announce we have finalized the purchase of three properties in Princess Louisa Inlet. Your love for keeping BC beautiful has protected a magnificent jewel. Enjoy the wonderful feeling and spectacular view! Thank you and congratulations to everyone! pic.twitter.com/vsHg8SZUz5— BC Parks Foundation (@bcparksfdn) September 3, 2019
"You did it!"
In a letter published on the crowdfunding page, Andy Day, CEO of the BC Foundation, said the following:
"You did it! Your love for British Columbia and beautiful places like Princess Louisa Inlet has done something miraculous. In just a few short months, you have raised $3 million to protect a magnificent jewel in B.C.’s coast.
Today, we are overjoyed to announce the purchase has been finalized. We now move on to designating the land as a park or otherwise protecting it for future generations."
This is an unprecedented effort in wildlife and natural environment protection.
We hope many similar cases take inspiration from the efforts of the BC Foundation and the scores of Canadians that pledged money to keep Princess Louisa Inlet just how it is.