Nature champions

Dawn Carr (Photo courtesy of Dawn Carr)

Dawn Carr (Photo courtesy of Dawn Carr)

If there is one thing I’ve noticed since joining the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) family in 2021, it’s the unwavering determination demonstrated by colleagues, partners and supporters to be champions for nature. I have found respite among caring, talented and passionate people who are working every day to make a tangible difference and positive contribution — locally, nationally and globally. I have also come to learn that NCC’s determination for nature’s sake is grounded in a deeply held belief that conservation action is a remedy to our world’s most pressing challenges. Conserving nature for the greater good is good medicine for all.

As we collectively face the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change, there is growing recognition that Canadians need to share responsibility not only for conserving, but for caring for our natural areas for the long term.

Last June, on World Environment Day, the United Nations kicked off the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021–2030). The goal of this global movement is to “prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean.” It could not have come at a more critical time, as humans have modified 77 per cent of terrestrial land (excluding Antarctica) and 87 per cent of oceans, globally. In this issue, you’ll read about the dramatic impact that fire can have in managing and restoring natural areas.

As Canada embraces its global commitment to conserve nature by protecting 30 per cent of its lands and waters by 2030, NCC is in position to accelerate conservation. It’s so great to be part of a team who values and delivers conservation action for communities, with far-reaching benefits.

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