Nature and me

November 28, 2018


The Nature Conservancy of Canada explores why people are spending less time outdoors

On December 3, 2018, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is holding an exploration of our relationships with nature, in an event at the Moment Factory’s headquarters in Montreal.

The public is invited to NatureTalks 2018 a dynamic national speakers’ series.

For many of us, our everyday connection to nature isn’t what it once was. NatureTalks asks: What does that mean for our quality of life? What does it mean for nature?

A recent poll released by NCC, in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs, highlights a growing disconnect between Canadians and nature. The study found that 87 per cent of Canadians say they are happier when they are connected to nature. Yet 66 per cent admit they spend less time in nature now than in their youth. Nearly three-quarters say it’s simply easier to spend time indoors.

“We are at risk of losing our connection to nature. This will have consequences for our planet and for people,” said Dan Kraus, NCC's senior conservation biologist. “Nature is essential for our well-being and for a sustainable future. This is our opportunity to redefine our Canadian relationship with nature.”

"The NatureTalks speaker series is an opportunity for all of us to explore the value that nature brings to our every day lives," says Nicole Vadori, head of environment, TD Bank Group, the event’s sponsor. "As part of our corporate citizenship strategy, The Ready Commitment, we are excited to support NatureTalks and help engage Canadians in the pursuit of a more sustainable tomorrow."

During the discussion, Delphine Acoca, regional manager at TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, will talk about the importance of urban communities to take care of nature and the need to conserve nature for the ecological goods and services they provide. Éric Fournier of Moment Factory will discuss the role of technology and how it brings us closer to nature, not further apart. Nathalie Zinger, executive coordinator, conservation engagement at the Nature Conservancy of Canada will bring up the topics of learning from the mistakes of the past and how we can be the generation to have the greatest impact on nature. And Bernard Voyer, explorer and mountaineer, will share his ideas about the power of nature to inspire our relationship with it and our actions.

If you’re interested in attending the event, please RSVP to be added to our media list.

This event will be the final stop of the NatureTalks series. Previous stops were in Calgary, Winnipeg, Halifax, Regina, Vancouver and Toronto.

 What: NatureTalks 2018
Nature & Me

 Where: Moment Factory
6250 Park Ave, Montreal, QC

 When: Monday, December 3, 2018
Doors open: 7 p.m.
Event begins: 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by:

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Knowledge sponsor
Musée canadien de la nature

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Quebec’s leading not-for-profit private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain. Since 1962 NCC has helped to protect more than 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares) across the country, including 111,197 acres (45,000 hectares) in Quebec. It is by securing and protecting these natural environments that they can be made accessible to this generation and those to come.

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Media Contact:

Elizabeth Sbaglia
Communications Manager, Quebec Region
Nature Conservancy of Canada
514-876-1606 x6240

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