Make Room for…Nature On The Hill
How we’re putting nature on the federal agenda and how you can help
On Feb. 4, over 40 environmental groups from across the country will meet MPs from every party to present crucial research and expert recommendations. We’re calling attention to the urgent need to protect nature, encourage funding in conservation efforts (particularly Indigenous-led initiatives) and preserve species from extinction and collapse.
Nature on the Hill is an opportunity for nature groups from coast to coast to come together as one voice for nature in Canada. Throughout the day, groups will be in face to face meetings with MPs and ministers to facilitate meaningful discussion and encourage real action. One group or one person alone can only do so much. By coming together to deliver clear evidence to politicians, our message is impossible to ignore.
Why You, Why Now?
If we don’t raise our voices, beautiful Canadian landscapes and hundreds of wildlife species are in danger of rapid decline and extinction. To save these species from the brink, Canada must invest in increasing protected areas. And to make sure the government keeps its commitments to this, we have to speak up.
Canada has a responsibility to the planet. Our country is home to 30% of the world’s boreal forest, 20% of its freshwater resources, the longest coastline in the world and one of the largest marine territories. Currently, Canada ranks last out of all G7 countries for protected areas, and since 1970 half of our vertebrate species populations have declined an average of 83%.
Nature protection is urgent. We need to show continued support for action now and in years to come.
There is power in numbers, which is why on Feb. 4 we are bringing together people on the Hill and online to show strong support for nature protection across the country.
We can’t do this alone. Join us from your computer or phone. If you speak out online, you can help bring one unified voice for nature in Canada from wherever you are:
- Retweet and share Nature Canada’s posts!
- Use our event hashtags
- @ Your MP/ Leave a comment on their page letting them know you support #MakeRoomForNature
- Attend our Digital Day of Action
What We’re Fighting For:
- The federal government has committed to protect 17% of land and freshwater and 10% of marine areas by 2020 through the Aichi Targets. This year they also committed to protect 25% of both land and water by 2025 and 30% by 2030.
- We currently have surpassed our marine area goal at 13.81% of coastal waters protected (Yay!), but need to push for our land and freshwater, which is only 11.8% protected, to meet the end of year target! By striving towards more substantial goals we can distinguish Canada as a global leader in nature protection.
- If we’re going to save species and landscapes, we need Indigenous knowledge and leadership. We must ensure rights for Indigenous to exercise control over their traditional territories, as well as fund Indigenous conservation and stewardship initiatives.
- The 2020 Federal Budget: Nature Canada joined with the Green Budget Coalition to produce a report that outlines the key nature investment recommendations.
- With the March release of the budget fast approaching, Nature Groups need to push the importance of these investments so that they are heard and seriously considered.
United by Nature
What makes Nature on the Hill so powerful is the value of collective support and advocacy for nature specific goals. Nature unites us. Overwhelmingly, surveys show that Canadians across the political spectrum care about nature. Unified support for nature shows politicians that it is too important to be ignored. By supporting each other and the environment at Nature on the Hill, we strengthen our visibility, power, and in turn, influence.
Wildlife can not speak for itself, making continued support by nature lovers from all walks of life critical for protecting nature. Together, we can make sure nature doesn’t fall through the cracks. And if we don’t act now, for hundreds of species in Canada, it might be too late.