ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
Ecology Ottawa is a municipally focused organization, but there are times when action is needed on a broader and more national scale. Ottawa is blessed with many green spaces and parkland surrounding our great city; Gatineau Park, the Greenbelt, Mere Blue Bog, the South March Highlands, to name a few. These green spaces, and those that depend on them, are at constant threat of development, overuse and climate change.
We are loosing our biodiversity at a rapid rate, and we need to act. Now.
In October 2010, Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted a package of important measures including the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets to help address this urgent issue.
In response, Canada’s federal, provincial, and territorial governments released the 2020 Biodiversity Goals and Targets for Canada in 2015, which includes a target to ensure protection for at least:
- 17% of terrestrial areas and inland water, and
- 10% of marine and coastal areas.
By making room for nature, that pledge helps give threatened species a chance to avoid extinction. It also is an opportunity to support the crucial role that Indigenous communities play as front-line guardians of nature.
Ecology Ottawa has joined a national coalition of nature organizations that are standing up for nature!
HOW TO HELP
With efforts in recent years, Canada has managed to protect 12% of land and 10% of oceans. It’s a good start, but even more can be done—and you can help.
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