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.