Federal election 2015 – vote for nature!
On October 19th, Canadians will elect the next federal government. Elections are a key opportunity to encourage politicians to take action on conservation. The reason is simple: 90% of Canada’s land and 100% of our oceans are publicly owned. This means our politicians make the decisions on how this land and ocean is used.
YOU have a key role in helping protect Canada’s land and water. When candidates call or come to your door seeking your vote, please raise the issue of nature conservation. If everyone who cares about Canada’s parks and wilderness speaks up for conservation during the election – we can make a difference!
Ask your candidates:
“If elected, will you …
- …work with other Canadian governments to protect at least 17% of our land and freshwater and 10% of our oceans by 2020?
- …uphold the law that nature conservation is the first priority for managing our national parks?
- …invest in parks to protect our environment, create jobs and strengthen Canada’s economy?”
For BC specifically:
“If elected, will you …
- …advocate for the creation of a National Park in the South Okanagan Similkameen and the Flathead Valley?
- …engage with First Nations and the BC Government to implement the marine-use plans for the North Coast?
- …finalize the Hecate Strait Glass Sponge Reef Marine Protected Area?
- …work with the Province to save BC’s endangered mountain and boreal caribou?
- …complete the National Marine Conservation Area for the Southern Strait of Georgia without further delay?”
Protecting our land and water
- Canada has signed the international Convention on Biological Diversity which commits us to protect at least 17% of our land and 10% of our oceans by 2020.
- So far, Canada has only protected 10% of our land and 1% of our oceans.
- To conserve our wilderness and wildlife, at least half of our land and water should be protected. Meeting our 2020 commitments would be a good step towards this goal.
Keeping our parks healthy
- Our national parks are world-renowned for their pristine natural beauty and wildlife and are a major attraction for Canada’s tourism industry.
- Yet industrial and commercial developments are putting increasing pressure on our parks – both inside and outside their boundaries. And our national parks have suffered major funding cuts to their conservation programs.
- It will take renewed federal investment and respect for the law that nature is the first priority of national parks management to conserve the nature they are meant to protect.
Investing in nature
- Every dollar invested in national parks returns more than $5 to the Canadian economy and national parks support more than 40,000 jobs across Canada.
- Nature supports all life on earth, including people. For example, healthy ecosystems provide Canadians with clean air and water, encourage healthy lifestyles, prevent impacts of natural disasters, and mitigate the effects of climate change. Together, this is worth billions of dollars.
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