A Call-Out from Ontario Nature to Protect Our Lands and Inland Water

Show your support by signing the “Protected Places Declaration” Below

From Ontario Nature, a province-wide advocacy group for protecting our natural places

Posted March 19th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

For the past year, we have been campaigning to get the governments of Ontario and Canada to meet an international commitment to protect at least 17 percent of our lands and inland waters by 2020.

This is in accordance with a target set under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. So far, 140 organizationsbig and small – have endorsed the Protected Places Declaration.

Individually, nearly 5,500 people have already signed our Protected Places Declaration.

Inside Waverly Woods in Fort/Erie Niagara, now a focus of proposed urban development. file photo courtesy of Fort Erie residents fighting to save this place.

Show your support by signing this declaration now to help us demonstrate unequivocally that Canadians care deeply about protected places. Together, we can prompt the government to act on its promise; as we saw with the outcry over Bill 66, decision-makers will listen if we’re loud enough.

Please take a minute now to sign the Protected Places Declaration.

You’ve undoubtedly heard the many reasons to protect more land and water. Here are two more: In Canada, 50 percent of monitored wildlife species are in decline. Parks Canada helps generate some $3.3 billion annually in gross domestic product and supports roughly 40,000 full-time equivalent jobs across the country.

A November 2017 poll found that 87 percent of Canadians support the UN goal of 17 percent protection by 2020. Please help us to mobilize the government to support the will of the people.

Sincerely, Caroline Shultz, Executive Director, Ontario Nature

If you haven’t already, you can read and sign the declaration by click on https://protected-places.good.do/OntarioNature/declaration/ .

About Ontario Nature – Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. Ontario Nature is a charitable organization representing more than 30,000 members and supporters, and 155 member groups across Ontario.

For more information about Ontario Nature,  visit ontarionature.org.

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