Public action for Peel Case represented by Thomas Berger is ramping up

As the July 7th date for the Peel Legal Case represented by Thomas Berger approaches, the public initiatives for the Peel are ramping up rather than slowing down.

“Since the lawsuit was announced on January 27th we have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of public support,” says Amber Church, Conservation Campaigner with CPAWS-Yukon, “The goal of raising $100,000 for the court case is already coming close to the halfway mark!”

In the ten weeks since the court case was announced, rallies have taken place in Aklavik, Dawson, Fort McPherson, Haines Junction, Inuvik, Mayo, Old Crow, and Whitehorse; musicians organized a Playing for the Peel fundraising concert; A Yoga for the Peel fundraiser was hosted by Breath of Life Studio; songs for the Peel have been written and performed by local artists; members of the public are throwing private Parties for the Peel to raise funds; and Bean North Coffee Roasters have created a special Wakeup Watershed Blend to help with the cause.

This powerful set of events looks to be just the tip of the iceberg.  In the next month the public can look forward to a whole new series of fundraising events including:
• April 4 – 28: What about the Peel? Art show by Yukon Artists @ Work, opening April 4, 5 – 8 pm
• April 5: Yukon Youth Indoor Climbing Team’s Peel Climb-a-thon fundraiser, 8 am – 8 pm
• April 12: Zip-line for the Peel fundraiser at Equinox Rocks,Takhini Hot Springs, 1 – 4 pm
• May 9:  Backcountry stories for the Peel at the Centre de la Francophonie, 5 – 9 pm

“It’s incredible to see so many different people taking action for something they believe in” says Jody Overduin, Outreach Coordinator with CPAWS-Yukon, “What is so exciting so see, is people taking their own passion and talent to contribute. Caribou Legs is an extreme runner – he is running 1200km for the Peel. Cyclists in the Kluane-Chilkat International Bike Relay are riding under Peel-inspired names, like the ‘Les Goons de la Peel’ and ‘Wheels for the Peel’. Young climbers are climbing 12-hours for the Peel. There has been yoga for the Peel, music, art, zip-lines, coffee, the list keeps on growing.”

“It’s the passion, enthusiasm, and commitment of the public to the Peel campaign that inspires us to keep fighting for true protection of the watershed and true democracy in the land-use planning process,” says Church, “without them we would have burned out long ago.  I know everyone who works on this campaign wants to say thank you from the bottom of their hearts to the people of the Yukon.”

For more information contact:

Amber Church
Conservation Campaigner, CPAWS-Yukon
Cell: 867-335-4884
Office: 867-393-8080 ext 2

Jody Overduin
Outreach Coordinator, CPAWS-Yukon
Cell: 867 332-0310
Office: 867-393-8080 ext 3