Here is another interesting newsletter from Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society to read and share:
Newfoundland declares fracking moratorium! Breaking news! Your voice has helped make a difference. Yesterday, the government of Newfoundland and Labrador declared a moratorium on fracking, and will conduct public consultations on fracking policies next. CPAWS celebrates this positive development; however, Gros Morne remains under threat of industrialization. We now need to take advantage of this “pause” to secure a permanent buffer zone around the park to protect it from large-scale industrial activity.
Photo: Western Brook Pond, Gros Morne – Michael Burzynski
Urgent need for federal action on biodiversity and parksA new report today from the federal Commissioner for Environment and Sustainable Development says there’s a “wide gap” between what the federal government has committed to and what they’re actually doing to conserve biodiversity and protect ecological integrity in Canada.
CPAWS is calling on the government to take action now to reverse the decline in biodiversity by reinvesting in national parks and implementing a large-scale national conservation plan.
Photo: Badger – Tom Tietz
J.B. Harkin Award presented to 3 outstanding conservationistsAs part of CPAWS’ 50th anniversary celebrations, we presented the prestigious J.B. Harkin Award to three remarkable people in recognition of their lifetime of dedication to conservation and wilderness protection. Receiving awards were Harvey Locke and John Marsh for their work nationally on conservation, and Ric Careless for his work regionally in British Columbia.
Photo: Harvey Locke, Ric Careless, John Marsh (2013 Harkin Award Recipients) – Martin Lipman
Thank you for helping protect Canada’s species at risk! From October 20th to 26th, CPAWS chapters across Canada reached out to our supporters through Facebook, Twitter and email to ask one simple favour: give a small, one-time gift to change the future for our species at risk. The results? Together, we raised over $10,000 for species at risk in just seven days!
We couldn’t have done it without you. A huge thank-you to everyone who joined us for our Week for the Wild at an event or by donating online.
Photo: Canada Lynx – Ashley Hockenberry
4th annual Lobby Day: CPAWS takes on Parliament Hill CPAWS conservation staff and board members from every corner of the country spent October 24th on Parliament Hill, running from one meeting to the next with MPs and Senators to talk about national parks and marine protection. We had lots of productive discussions on how to protect and conserve our natural heritage – overall, more than 60 meetings! Check out our photo album here.
Kim Statham, board president of CPAWS Wildlands League in Toronto, shares her insights into the day’s events. Read her blog here…
Photo: The CPAWS team on Parliament Hill
CPAWS oceans team dives deep in the Strait of GeorgiaEarlier this month, CPAWS-BC’s oceans team was joined by scientists, journalists, conservationists, Juno award-winning musician Dan Mangan and explorer/adventurer Bruce Kirkby on a submarine expedition to the ancient and delicate glass sponge reefs that we’re working to get protected in the Strait of Georgia.
Photo: Sabine Jessen noses up to the sponge reefs – Bruce Kirkby
Canada’s boreal forest is “On the Move”
At the beginning of October, CPAWS and our colleagues in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) joined the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) at the Canadian Museum of Nature to launch a new educational initiative called On the Move that teaches kids about the importance of the boreal forest in Canada. As part of the initiative, the RCGS has created a giant, traveling floor map to engage students in a fun, interactive learning experience. CPAWS was happy to work with the RCGS to develop the curriculum that accompanies the map in its travels.Read more here…Photo: “On the Move” map in action – Jessie Corey
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