Climate pollution and biodiversity loss are among the greatest challenges our world is facing. Protests are taking place across the globe, where people are demanding immediate action from their governments. However, the loss of biodiversity has not received the level of attention of climate pollution, despite its impact on humans. Our report on the state of biodiversity loss in Canada asks Canadian policymakers to take drastic action now as there is no recovery from extinction.
As a 24-point action agenda, it offers a combination of actions, including low-hanging fruit as well as longer-term and essential systemic changes. It suggests new strategies for informing Canadians about nature: designing cities with natural connections and using new technology and the arts to talk about protecting lands, waters and wildlife. It also includes bold asks for policymakers, like the creation of new protected areas, more partnerships with Indigenous Peoples and enforcement of species at risk legislation.
Co-authored by Women for Nature following our conversation series exploring biodiversity loss in Canada, Biodiversity Conservation: A Call for Action for Canadian Decision-Makers argues that a loss of species is hard to notice if you can’t name the different plants or animals in your own backyard.
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