The Protected Places Declaration: Ontario Nature and eight other groups have asked that concerned citizens and groups to sign a letter to the Prime Minister and the Provincial Premiers asking them to “Protect at least 17 percent of our lands and inland waters by 2020”. This is not an outrageous request as it has already been committed to, just mot actioned upon by the respective governments. The statement from Ontario Nature says it well, and it is copied in the paragraphs below:
“Planet Earth is a shared home for humans and millions of other species, and our fates and well-being are interdependent. Recognizing our responsibility and impact on the whole, we invite you to sign the Protected Places Declaration.
The declaration urges governments, civil society and business leaders across Canada to work together to protect at least 17 percent of our lands and inland waters, and 10 percent of our coastal and marine areas by 2020, in accordance with commitments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.
Moreover, the declaration calls for protected areas identification and management processes that respect the right of Indigenous Peoples to free, prior and informed consent.
Protected areas are the cornerstone of efforts to conserve the diversity of life on Earth. By signing the declaration, you will be part of a movement demanding governments meet their protected areas targets, and respect Indigenous responsibilities and rights.
Sign the declaration to show you care about protected places and ask the governments of Ontario and Canada to meet our commitment to protect at least 17 percent of lands and inland waters by 2020.” Do it now!
Note: In case you care, the fabulous Humming Bird live stream camera, from a previous post, is still operating here.