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Here you'll find official news releases from CPAWS sab. Clicking on a link will you take to the chapter's website.

Feb 12 18

We NEED Environmental Education
The formal education system faces many choices of what to include in the curriculum: defined as what students are expected to know, understand, and be able to do in each subject and grade. What gets included is influenced by curriculum developers’ wants and needs. Government has a vital responsibility to make wise decisions on what to include and omit in curriculum. Our youth could gain or miss out on very important skills and understandings (like climate literacy) based on the choices of our government.

Feb 12 18

Prioritizing Values On Our Landscape
In a world that is becoming exceedingly busy, and a landscape that is becoming increasingly full, it is important to pause, plan, and prioritize values that ensure a healthy and sustainable future. In our personal lives, reality dictates that we can’t do everything all the time because of commitments, schedules, and capacity; so we have to plan accordingly. Taking on too much, or burning the candle at both ends, has a cost and is not maintainable in the long run.

Feb 05 18

Let the Government of Alberta Know You Want an Investment in Protected Areas
In 2010 Canada committed to protecting at least 17% of land and 10% of marine areas by 2020. Alberta can help reach this goal by ensuring our province increases our protected areas from the current 12.5%. This goal is completely achievable! The creation of the Bighorn Provincial and Wildland Provincial Parks, and the Northern Caribou Wildlands alone would bring us up to 17%. We can do this, but will need the provincial government to plan for this and invest in Alberta’s protected areas. You can help by letting the Government of Alberta know that needs to be a priority in the 2018 budget.

Jan 24 18

A Resolution for Conservation in 2018!
It never fails, you are with family and friends on December 31st and someone at the party ultimately asks the dreaded question, “what’s your New Year’s resolution?” Stereotypically, you hear responses relating to increasing fitness, losing weight, or some personal development to start the new year off right. While I don’t subscribe to the decrescendo nature of most resolutions, I do support purposeful and sustainable intentions that look beyond the me and work toward a greater purpose. So as January comes to a close, I am inviting you to make a resolution for conservation.

Jan 24 18

Uber-quiet winter recreation…in praise of snowshoeing
Living so close to Lake Louise, Sunshine, Norquay and Nakiska tends to makes skiing and snowboarding the first thing that comes to mind when someone asks us about winter activities in our national and provincial parks. Second on the list, we might see cross-country skiing, which is also popular and available in Banff National Park, or more locally at the Canmore Nordic Centre, Bragg Creek, Shark mountain, and a number of other locals.

Jan 24 18

Getting Involved in Conservation Work
You may have heard about the proposed logging at the Highwood Junction in Kananaskis but you may not be as familiar with the dedicated community members working on the ground to change logging plans and gain protection of this special area. The Take a Stand for Kananaskis and the Upper Highwood (TASK) group are regular folks doing remarkable work for our wild areas. Our partnership with these dedicated local stewards helps move conservation forward in ways that none of us could do alone.

Jan 24 18

Take Me Outside
This new year, make a resolution to get outside and bring others with you. There are immeasurable benefits to getting outside and connecting with nature. The Canadian Parks Council (CPC) has a fantastic resource called Connecting Canadians with Nature that details the research showing such benefits. Benefits for our economy, for our health, for our spirit and identity, for our personal development, for our communities and for our environment.

Jan 18 18

CPAWS SAB and NAB support listing grizzly bears as a species at risk
The following letter of support, for listing grizzly bears as a species at risk, was submitted by CPAWS Southern Alberta and CPAWS Northern Alberta.

Jan 18 18

Bursary Applications for the 2018 Environmental Gathering
Alberta Ecotrust Foundation has a limited amount of financial assistance available for the 2018 Environmental Gathering on March 8-10.

Jan 11 18

In The News: Senators, MPs call for $1.4-billion in conservation funding from federal government
From the Globe and Mail. Jan 9, 2018 "More than 100 MPs and senators have signed a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau asking for a historic expansion of Canada's protected land and marine areas to be financed with an investment of $1.4-billion over three years that would be included in the next federal budget. The letter drafted by Quebec Liberal MP William Amos, a former environmental lawyer, says the money is needed for development of national parks and for protected areas being created by Indigenous groups, provinces, territories, municipalities and private interests. The pledge would ensure that Canada meets its commitment under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity to protect at least 17 per cent of its land by 2020. According to recent reports, just more than 10 per cent of Canada's land is currently protected."

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