There’s Good News on the Nature Front
April 18, 2022
Wild Lands Advocate article by: Graham Saul, Executive Director of Nature Canada
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There’s good news and bad news on the nature front. The bad news is fairly well-known: our world is facing a full scale crisis of species collapse that is being worsened by climate change. Nature is declining at rates unprecedented in human history – more than a million species are at risk globally.
In Canada, mammal populations have declined 43 percent since 1970, and grassland and shore birds numbers have fallen by half. Only aboaut one-quarter of Canadian marine fish and invertebrate stocks are currently considered healthy. And habitats such as wetlands, Prairie grasslands and old-growth forests continue to lose ground every year.
But there is some good news too. People – and their governments – around the world are starting to recognize the existential scale of the biodiversity loss, and starting to take stronger action to prevent it.