I received this email to share as today’s quote from the Wilderness Committee:
As Canadians, we know how important it is to ensure the protection of our natural environment. We value clean air, fresh water, healthy forests, national parks, and the numerous wild species that call this nation home. Our diverse ecological heritage—from the Great Lakes to the Rocky Mountains—is part of what it means to be Canadian.
This deep connection to our environment is one of the reasons why Canadians across the country are outraged by the dramatic cuts and environmental legislation rollbacks contained in the federal government’s recent budget bill—Bill C-38. This bill has drastically weakened the laws that protect our air and water; it has removed key protections for fish habitat, reduced the ability for public participation in environmental reviews and lowered government oversight on industrial projects.
It’s essential that Canadians understand what these regulatory rollbacks mean to the protection of our wild spaces and to at-risk species like wild salmon, grizzly bears and spotted owls. So we’ve published a new report, called Who’s Looking Out For Canada’s Environment? This paper is meant as a resource for you to learn about the various impacts of Bill C-38, and can be used as a tool for discussion with your family, friends and neighbours.You can download a full copy of the report on our website here.
This paper can be a sobering read, but please don’t be discouraged. Instead, we hope you can use this information to become educated and mobilized to take action in your community, by spreading the word, supporting important campaigns and writing letters to decision makers.
Remember that you’re not alone in your concern. With 60,000 members and supporters from coast to coast to coast, the Wilderness Committee is part of a strong network of Canadians committed to protecting our country’s environment.
We live in a democracy—one where citizens speaking together with one voice can affect meaningful change. Here’s how you can help us stand up for strong environmental laws in Canada:
- Write a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Letters are one of the most effective ways to communicate with elected decision makers.
- Make a donation. Support our efforts to protect Canadian wilderness and wildlife.
- Distribute copies of this report in your community. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-800-661-9453 (604-683-8220 in the Metro Vancouver area), and we’ll send you as many as you need.
If we work together, we have the power to ensure that our children and grandchildren live in a healthy and prosperous Canada, where wild salmon thrive, old-growth forests flourish and our rivers run clear.
Gwen Barlee | Policy Director
Thank you for supporting wilderness.
The Wilderness Committee is Canada’s largest membership-based, citizen-funded wilderness preservation organization. We work for the preservation of Canadian and international wilderness through research and grassroots education. The Wilderness Committee works on the ground to achieve ecologically sustainable communities. We work only through lawful means.“
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