You can help ensure a future for our species at risk!

I received this email from CPAWS and immediately acted upon their action alert:

Dear Eldy,You can help ensure a future for our species at risk! The number of species at risk in Canada is on the rise. With more than 650 species listed under the federal Species at Risk Act, it’s now more important than ever to ensure strong legislative protection to help secure their future.

Earlier this year, the government dramatically weakened the federal Fisheries Act and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. There are rumours that the Species at Risk Act is next on the chopping block. Let’s not let that happen to yet another piece of Canada’s important environmental legislation.

Swift foxes, leatherback sea turtles, and woodland caribou don’t have a voice, but you do!

Provincial and territorial boundaries are meaningless to wildlife. That’s why it’s important to maintain a strong federal act that serves as a “safety net” for endangered species and requires consistent protection and recovery efforts across Canada.

Act now! If you’re concerned about Canada’s endangered wildlife, please sign on now before any changes are made to the Species at Risk Act. Let the government know that protecting the homes of our endangered species is important to you, before it’s too late!

Read more about Canada’s species at risk here.

Having a strong federal Species at Risk Act is essential to protect our most vulnerable plants and animals, and the habitat they need to survive and recover on federal lands. It also enables the federal government to step in where needed to protect species at risk on provincial and territorial lands, acting as a critical safety net for endangered species, regardless of where they live in Canada.

Over 650 species are at risk of disappearing forever. Speak up now for a strong federal Species at Risk Act!

Dear Minister of the Environment,

I support strong federal species at risk legislation.

My Canada protects wildlife facing extinction, and the habitat they need to survive. Please keep our Species at Risk Act strong!

CPAWS news and action alerts

Protect Canada’s Species at Risk!

The federal environment minister has signalled that the Species at Risk Act (SARA) is under review, and could see some changes. Already this year, the federal Fisheries Act has been dramatically weakened and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act replaced in its entirety.

Let’s not let that happen to yet another piece of important environmental legislation in Canada. Speak up now to let the government know that you want a stronger, not weaker, Species at Risk Act.

Take Action!

If you’re concerned about the future of Canada’s endangered species, speak up now, before any changes are made to the federal Species at Risk Act.

1. Write a letter to the federal Environment Minister with your thoughts about the importance of having a strong Species at Risk Act to protect Canada’s most vulnerable species and their habitats. 2. Talk to your local MP and let them know that this issue is important to you. Ask them at one of their many community events – barbecues, pancake breakfasts – to oppose any proposed weakening of SARA. You can also send them a copy of your letter – find their contact information here. 3. Spread the word. Let your friends and families know that they can help secure a future for our endangered species, and ask them to take action.

‘Send your message’ to let the federal Environment Minister know that you want a strong federal Species at Risk Act. If you wish to send the content of your letter to your MP, be sure to copy the text before clicking on ‘Send your message’.

Some points you may wish to include in your letter:

  • Strong federal species-at-risk legislation is important to assure the future of our most vulnerable wildlife, such as woodland caribou, grizzly bears, American badgers, Orca whales, Leatherback sea turtles, Sage grouse, and hundreds of other species that are currently vulnerable, threatened or endangered.
  • A strong scientific approach to species recovery is critical to ensure their survival, and requires the clear separation of science from politics and socio-economic factors.
  • The federal SARA provides an important “safety net” for species at risk, helping ensure consistent protection and recovery efforts in all parts of Canada.
  • Most species listed under SARA are at risk primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and having a SARA that requires the protection of their critical habitat is essential to their future.

My Letter to:

The Honourable Peter Kent

Minister of the Environment
401 Confederation Building
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON

I have the following points to make regarding the Species at Risk Act:

•Strong federal species-at-risk legislation is important to assure the future of our most vulnerable wildlife, such as woodland caribou, grizzly bears, American badgers, Orca whales, Leatherback sea turtles, Sage grouse, and hundreds of other species that are currently vulnerable, threatened or endangered.

•A strong scientific approach to species recovery is critical to ensure their survival, and requires the clear separation of science from politics and socio-economic factors.

•The federal SARA provides an important “safety net” for species at risk, helping ensure consistent protection and recovery efforts in all parts of Canada.

•Most species listed under SARA are at risk primarily due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and having a SARA that requires the protection of their critical habitat is essential to their future.

Thank you for taking the time to consider my opinion that Canada needs a stronger, not weaker, Species at Risk Act

Respectfully,

Eldy

Today’s “stone” is Day 357  write a letter, sign a petition, act on behalf of wildlife

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