News and views on conservation in Canada, and updates from CPAWS chapters across the country.
Big picture thinking. The idea that Nature Needs Half is nothing new. Many assessments over the last 20 years have typically determined that nature needs at least half of any given eco-region to be protected and interconnected with other such areas, in order to maintain its full range of life-supporting, ecological and evolutionary processes, the long term survival of the species that live there, and to ensure the system’s resilience in the face of environmental change. In fact, some ecosystems will require more than half. Simply put, Nature Needs Half, and it is time to say so. It’s time to act!
I’ve sometimes heard people say that nature conservation is simply a ‘nice to have’. They claim that beautiful parks and protected areas are nice to visit and attractive to the eye, but only for those who like to paddle or camp. They don’t see conservation as a critical piece of both the environmental and economic puzzle. That’s an unfortunate approach, and largely the product of trying to solve problems in isolation of one another. The truth is that conservation is a highly effective contribution to a healthy and prosperous country.
Last week, the Minister of Finance released the Federal Budget. As was widely reported, it was a budget that went pretty far when it came to new spending. So let’s take a look at the ways in which this budget will help conserve Canada’s wilderness.
The promise of spring also brings the promise of a new provincial government. As the ground fills with growing plants and the new and returning MLAs take their seats in the legislature after the election, we encourage them to think about and the potential economic growth of Saskatchewan through political environmental leadership.
Saskatchewan is the “land of the living skies” in more ways than one, enveloping some of the most sunny and windy conditions in North America. Despite this natural abundance of energy capacity, we continue to lag behind the rest of the world in our installation of renewable energy technologies. As the Saskatchewan election approaches, now is the time to ask our candidates their plan to make Saskatchewan a leader in renewable energy.