Nature Canada holds press conference on Parliament Hill
Nature Canada was standing up for nature on Parliament Hill last week, alongside partners the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and the David Suzuki Foundation.
After the election, we thought it was important to remind returning politicians that we need urgent action on climate change, species loss and reconciliation.
While most of the media attention focused on the Trans Mountain pipeline project, there are lots of other Canadian environmental issues we must also be talking about.
“After a divisive national election, we need parliament to move forward on Canadians’ priorities. A love of nature unites us—but we are facing a crisis of species loss and extinction,” said Graham Saul, executive director of Nature Canada, during the press conference.
“The federal government now has the opportunity to work with other parties to protect nature by taking bold action to expand protected areas, support Indigenous-led conservation and invest long-term to ensure a healthy future for the wildlife that Canadians love.”
You can watch the entire press conference online at CPAC.
In April, polling data from the International Boreal Conservation Campaign found that nine out of 10 Canadians either strongly support or support the commitment to protect at least 17% of lands and freshwater by 2020, and over two-thirds of Canadians support federal investment in Indigenous protected areas.
The message is clear: we must make room for nature. Despite all the issues that divide us, this is an issue that unites all Canadians.
In our press release, we focused on the need for federal action in five areas, including the need to achieve ambitious targets for protected areas and commit to Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship. But those tasks will need political will and funding.
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