You can help protect 30 percent of Canada’s land, freshwater and oceans
Canada has now committed to halting and reversing biodiversity loss by 2030 and putting nature on a path to full recovery by 2050. Let’s help keep that promise.
“We are encouraged by the Kunming-Montreal Agreement at COP15 in Montreal to halt and reverse global biodiversity loss by 2030 and applaud Canada’s leadership, which was instrumental in landing the deal,” said Andrea Koehle Jones, Executive Director of The ChariTree Foundation, a United Nations Climate Observer organization. “The ChariTree Foundation is calling on Canada’s leaders and all Canadians to take urgent, courageous and significant nature-based steps to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by backing-up this agreement.”
Global biodiversity is now declining faster than at any time in human history. We are running out of time to take action to stop the accelerating destruction of nature and avoid the extinction of a million species.
We have all seen the unprecedented and imminent danger climate change and biodiversity loss pose to our environment, species, everyone. Global temperatures continue to break records and urgent action is needed to face accelerating climate change and biodiversity loss. This is an emergency that requires immediate action and simply cannot be ignored.
Let’s take action now to:
1. Protect at least 30 percent of Canada’s land and water by the year 2030: Prioritize areas where nature is under imminent threat, and ecosystems that safeguard biodiversity and store significant amounts of carbon.
2. Provide accessibility to formal and informal climate and biodiversity education for children.
3. Support Indigenous-led conservation efforts (including Indigenous Guardian programs) and fully implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
4. Pursue nature based solutions to climate change by protecting and restoring critical ecosystems while providing permanent funding for the protection of nature.
5. Restore urban biodiversity and expand equitable access to nature: Work with provinces and municipalities to ensure every neighborhood in Canada has at least 30 percent tree cover, and every person lives within 300 meters of green space.
Beginning May 15 to July 14, 2023, the Government of Canada is seeking your views and perspectives to inform development of Canada’s 2030 Biodiversity Strategy. The survey will draw on the issues, challenges, and opportunities presented in the Towards a 2030 Biodiversity Strategy for Canada discussion paper, and provide an opportunity for participants to respond to questions reflected in the discussion paper.