Biodiversity Day | Ecology Action Centre

Biodiversity Day

Staff at the Ecology Action Centre celebrated the International Day of Biodiversity by sharing some of EAC’s work connected to biodiversity and the role we can all play to protect it.  

 

Speakers: 

3 Crises, 3 Road Blocks, and 3 Reasons for Hope (06:23), Karen McKendry, Wilderness Outreach Coordinator 

The crises keep piling up... the climate crisis, the biodiversity crisis, and now the COVID-19 pandemic (not to mention other crises caused by inequity in many forms). What's a human to do, and where do we find hope? In this talk, Karen will explore the implications of this triple-threat to the sustainability of Nova Scotia/Mi'kmaqi, including unearthing barriers to recovering biodiversity in our province.  

Biodiversity in Cities (32:44), Meredith Baldwin, Sustainable Cities Coordinator 

By 2050, nearly 70% of the world population is estimated to be living in cities. Cities pose a significant threat to biodiversity but with this threat comes opportunities! It's time to move beyond the concrete jungle and bring nature into our cities - for the health of humans and nature, alike. Meredith will be debunking some common and green-washed urban-biodiversity techniques and discuss practical changes that we can make from a policy, infrastructural, and personal level from a Halifax perspective. 

Protecting Marine Biodiversity (52:08), Jordy Thomson, Marine Science and Conservation Coordinator 

Since 2015, Canada has increased ocean protection in all three of its ocean basins, from just over 1% to 13.82%. It’s great news but the work to protect Canada’s oceans is not done! In this talk, we’ll be highlighting the unique marine biodiversity we have here in our Atlantic waters and will summarize how marine protected areas are being put in place to protect it. 

 

Originally aired live on Zoom and on the EAC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/EcologyAction

 

 

Resources & Links -  

Looking for more information about biodiversity protection in Nova Scotia?  

Speak up for birds: The lands around Sandy Lake (Bedford) have recently been proven to host an outstanding number of bird species (100+) , as well as 12 species at risk. Yet this remaining urban wilderness is being considered for incompatible development. Let city councillors know that we still need habitat for our bird neighbours in the city 

Read a brief overview of EAC's work on biodiversity and protected areas. Click here to read the proposed Biodiversity Act for Nova Scotia.  

Looking for ideas, inspiration, or seeds to help you plant a native garden?  

CanPlant is a Canadian searchable database for native plants. The database allows you to search by native or introduced range and various habitat requirements.  

Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens at Acadia University showcases a range of native plants and habitats including a medicinal food garden, experimental garden, and conservatory. NS Wild Flora Society has a list of Maritime nurseries with significant holdings of native species. 

Interested in what Halifax Regional Municipality – or your local municipality – can do to prioritize urban biodiversity?  

The Halifax Green Network Plan includes guidance that would specifically benefit urban biodiversity. The Plan has not yet been implemented, which is an essential step to protecting and supporting our local flora and fauna.  

Our HRM Alliance is a coalition coordinated by the Ecology Action Centre that is taking action on preventing sprawl and promoting planning practices that protect our existing network of greenspace. 

Want to learn more about Marine Protected Areas?  

You can find an interactive map at https://www.mpatlas.org/ 

Nick Hawkins is a photojournalist and wildlife cameraman who captures the awe-inspiring biodiversity of our oceans.  

Looking to take action?  

Join over 5000 individuals who support the EAC community and strengthen our voice for Nova Scotia's environment by becoming an Ecology Action Centre Member.

Join an EAC volunteer action committee - https://ecologyaction.ca/team-meeting-times