A young girl — and budding environmentalist! — on my daughter’s soccer team sent me this thoughtful letter about the need for environmental education in our schools. Iwanted to share this message from Jenn Rogers: School is in session once again. Many students, like the ones at my school, Carleton Place High School, are taking important classes such as english, math, and science. But one thing that really surprised me is that I haven’t heard a lot about any environmental courses being taken. So I decided to look into this, maybe it’s possible I just hadn’t heard about the courses because I’m only in grade 9? I talked to my… read more →
A recent article in the journal Nature suggests that old growth forests continue to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and mitigate climate change for hundreds of years. The authors make a strong recommendation to keep old growth systems intact as a strategy of mitigation. Nature Canada has worked for decades to protect old growth forests primarily in protected areas like National Parks and National Wildlife Areas. In the past we did it to protect biodiversity and now there is another huge reason to establish protected areas!
A very interesting article from the Globe and Mail on the impact of wind turbines on bats. Unfortunately, whatever source of energy we humans decide to produce, there will be impacts on other species. Another reason to focus on conserving energy!
I just came back from an event here in Ottawa where Environment Minister John Baird announced that three new national wildlife areas will be established in Nunavut! More than 450,000 hectares of Arctic wilderness in Nunavut, including one globally significant Important Bird Area, will be protected at three sites located on the northeast side of Baffin Island: Niginganiq (Isabella Bay); Qaqulluit (Cape Searle); and Akpait (Reid Bay). This is great news for Canada’s birds, biodiversity and the cause of wilderness preservation. Two of Canada’s Important Bird Areas are found within the Qaqulluit and Akpait NWAs announced today. This means critical breeding and feeding grounds for millions of migratory birds will… read more →
Congratulations to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, BC Nature and nature lovers in British Columbia. For years, naturalists have been working to protect the habitat of the Mountain Caribou. Thank you all for your great efforts. Today is a day to celebrate!
Building on what Mara wrote earlier, it’s good to see the Globe and Mail lay down the challenge after Ontario’s landmark announcement. From their editorial page: The opportunity to match or even outdo his efforts remains for the rest of the provinces and territories. They should not allow themselves to be left behind. So, who’s next?
Mark Dorfman, Nature Canada’s chairman of the board, just sent me this article called “The Currency of Nature,” from the online journal terrain.org. It argues that “the more sidetracked we get chasing possessions and the money to buy them, the poorer we become in other forms of wealth, such as connections with nature.” Author David Wann also notes: The truth is that humans used to value nature as the greatest and most sacred wealth of all, but now it’s being traded for convenience, comfort, and perceived security. In our current way of seeing the world, the environment is just a collection of problems; we won’t protect it until we correctly… read more →
We are hearing a lot about what each one of us can do to help protect the planet. I am a fan of everyone doing their part to save Mother Earth. It is important that we all start caring and doing what we can as individuals. However, we need to do more. Recycling your paper waste or buying organic lettuce is not the only part of the solution we need to work on. We need to ensure that the necessary laws and market signals are implemented that will affect how large industries behave. And in order to do that, we need to support the environmental groups, think tanks and conservation… read more →
Congratulations to our Lorne Scott on being named as a member to the Order of Canada. I was thrilled to learn that Lorne had been bestowed such a great honour and that his lifelong work to protect Canadian natural spaces has been recognized with such a prestigious award. Lorne, a former Nature Canada Board Member, was awarded the Douglas H. Pimlott Award in 1990. This is the preeminent award that Nature Canada gives for the concerted action of an individual in furthering conservation efforts. Lorne was involved at every level of nature conservation. He helped put bluebird boxes all over Saskatchewan; he helped stop the Rafferty Alameda dam project; he… read more →
Last month, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper gave a speech at the UN Conference on the Convention on Biological Diversity. In it, he said, “Protecting biodiversity is one of the paramount environmental challenges facing the world today.” I could not agree more. And Canada has to do much more to to protect “our rich natural heritage”. Just this week, I submitted to the Government of Canada through Environment Canada and Minister John Baird’s office a proposal that would help us protect Canada’s birds and important bird areas in the western hemisphere. With the help of the Quito office of Birdlife International and Ian Davidson in particular, we have an Americas-wide… read more →