2020 Vision: Your Voice For Nature In Canada
This blog is written by Bob Peart, Chair of the Board.
From the big old growth sitka spruce of the Carmanah Valley on Vancouver Island, to the great landscapes of Kluane National Park in the Yukon, to kayaking the ocean waters of Discovery Island Marine Park near Victoria where I live—I spent a large part of my summer out and about enjoying nature. And I hope you did too! Canada is known for our wild and natural landscapes, and as Canada’s national voice for nature, Nature Canada will continue to campaign to maintain the wildlife and habitats that we so love.
Memories and moments in nature connect us as nature lovers and members of Nature Canada. I’m also honoured to represent you as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. I’ve been a member since the 1970s and I believe it is both an exciting and critical time for our organization.
Thank you to all our members for sharing your stories, your priorities and your personal commitment to taking action for nature. I’m proud to share with you our key priorities for the next 3 years, developed in collaboration with you and other caring and passionate members from across Canada. Together, we have developed a vision for nature that will guide our future campaign work.
Together with your membership support, Nature Canada will:
- Protect species and habitats by speaking up as the national voice for nature. This includes creating and supporting National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, and supporting bird conservation through Important Bird Areas. We’ll intervene on pipeline and tanker hearings and advocate for nature by influencing environmental laws and policies.
- Promote nature as part of the Canadian identity by engaging Canadians in celebrating and protecting nature. To achieve this, we’ll grow and steward our NatureHood program and partnerships with Indigenous groups, engage Canadians in individual actions to save birds and increase opportunities for Canadians of all ages to connect with nature.
- Strengthen our roots by growing Canada’s community of nature lovers. That’s right, we want to find more members like you! To stand alongside us to strengthen our voice on issues that matter, engage more volunteers to work for nature across Canada and raise more funding for our critical conservation work!
As you may know, our federal government is committed to protecting 17% of our land and inland waters by the year 2020. As Canada’s voice for nature, we’ll insist on sustained action from our federal ministers to achieve this goal. Please add your voice to our Campaign to remind the federal government that we are holding them accountable to fulfill their promise to nature and to Canadians.
I’m also thrilled to announce our new Executive Director, Graham Saul. Graham has more than 20 years of experience in environmental and social leadership and founding member of Ecology Ottawa, a grassroots and volunteer-driven non-profit working to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada. He joins a remarkable and inspiring team of staff and volunteers here at Nature Canada. You can find out more about Graham on our website at www.naturecanada.ca. I want to thank Eleanor Fast for her dedicated leadership during the past few years, and we wish her the best in her new ventures.
Please join me in welcoming Graham! And thank you for your continued commitment to nature!