It's time for nature
Help secure a major investment in conservation
Darkwoods mountains, BC (Photo by Bruce Kirby)
More than 100 members of parliament and senators have signed a letter to Canada’s Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, asking for a major investment in protected areas in the upcoming federal budget.
The letter, drafted by MP Will Amos (Pontiac), asks for $1.4 billion over the next three years to fund a major expansion of national parks and protected areas that would involve Indigenous groups, provinces, municipalities and private land conservation. There is an additional request for $470-million to maintain protected spaces in Canada.
Read more in this January 9 story in The Globe and Mail >
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is encouraged to see this non-partisan effort and feels it must happen.
Please help secure this major investment that would protect Canada's endangered wildlife and safeguard our country's spectacular natural beauty for generations to come. Join the Nature Conservancy of Canada and let our federal Finance Minister and Prime Minister know you support nature!
You can add your voice by sharing the story on social media, using #yourbudget2018.
The request in the letter to Minister Morneau matches the recommendation from the Green Budget Coalition, of which NCC is a member. The investment would help Canada meet its international conservation commitments. Canada is a signatory to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to protect at least 17 per cent of its land by 2020. Much work remains if Canada is to meet this target.
Increasingly, Parliamentarians are hearing the message that the time for nature is now!
The proposed investment would eclipse the Government of Canada’s current investment in protected areas, including what it spends in privately protected areas. In 2007, the Government of Canada committed $345 million toward private land conservation through the Natural Areas Conservation Program. Federal funds spent have so far have been matched with more than $580 million in contributions raised by NCC and its partners. This funding runs out in March 2019.
You can help protect Canada’s endangered wildlife and safeguard our country’s natural beauty for years to come. Let our Finance Minister and Prime Minister know you support nature. Amplify the message by sharing the story on your social media accounts, using #yourbudget2018.