Make Room For Nature | Ecology Action Centre

Make Room For Nature

In Canada, 12% of terrestrial areas are currently protected.

One million species are at risk of extinction around the world, species loss globally is accelerating at a rate tens or hundreds of times faster than in the past. In Canada, more than 600 species are now at risk, including the iconic Southern Resident Orca, Woodland Caribou and Swift Fox.

In 2019, scientists reported that half of Canada’s monitored species are in decline by a staggering average of 83%.

We won’t stop this crisis without federal investments in protected areas and Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship initiatives. But to get it done, the government needs to commit sufficient funding in the upcoming federal budget, or risk losing critical time in the race against mass extinction.

The government is conducting budget consultations now. The budget announcement is the most critical moment of the year for nature, where the federal government will put its money where its priorities are. We can’t afford to not have nature be one of them. 

Your voice is needed to let them know Canadians think nature is worth it. Ask our Federal Government to invest in nature in the 2020 budget.


Add your name to the petition:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau -  Fund Nature in Budget 2020!

We call on you to ensure needed investments of at least $900 million to expand protected areas and fund Indigenous-led conservation and stewardship programs in the upcoming federal budget as set out in the expert recommendations of Canada's leading environmental organizations in the Green Budget Coalition.

We also urge you to lay out a long-term plan for scaled-up investments in nature to achieve your government’s historic commitments to protect 25% of land and ocean by 2025 and 30% by 2030. These investments are crucial for saving species from collapse and extinction, advancing reconciliation, contributing to nature-based climate solutions, and preserving Canada’s landscapes and ecosystems for future generations