This year’s historic federal investment in protected areas and species at risk signalled a turnaround: Canada wants to take back the conservation lead, writes Aran O'Carroll of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.
There is no opportunity for wildlife to recover if their habitat is lost, says Dan Kraus, a conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Solving climate change won’t protect species if, in our race to reduce carbon emissions, their habitat disappears.
If there’s one thing this crisis doesn’t need, it’s another voluntary, non-legally binding charter that doesn’t require action from participating nations.
Companies currently permitted to explore for deposits or hold on to discoveries in Arctic waters have waited in uncertainty since December 2016 over whether they can continue to operate.
WWF-Canada and four other conservation organizations, represented by Ecojustice, are calling on the federal government to use the tools available to it in the Species at Risk Act and enact an emergency order to provide immediate protections for southern resident orcas.