CONTRIBUTION · 21st July 2010
What do burrowing owls, bobolinks and badgers have in common? They are just a handful of the 602 species at risk in Canada, a number that grows every year. Although Canada is renowned as a place of majestic wilderness and wild creatures, many of the species that make up the rich tapestry of Canada's environmental heritage are in danger of disappearing.
People are concerned because they understand that Canada's wildlife is an integral part of the web of life that we are all part of, and that healthy species come from healthy ecosystems. The loss of meadows, wetlands, grasslands and old-growth forests, and the species that rely upon them, is not only bad for wildlife - it is also bad for humans. Intact and health ecosystems provide invaluable "ecosystem services." Healthy forests store carbon, protecting us against climate change ; wetlands give us clean water; bees and butterflies pollinate billions of dollars worth of crops. Protecting our wildlife is not just the right thing to do - it is a smart investment in a rich and prosperous Canada.
That is why it is so important that the federal government makes sure Canada's Species at Risk Act (SARA) works to actually protect Canada's endangered species. You can help make that happen by reading and helping to distribute our latest newspaper "Protecting Canada's Endangered Wildlife."
Right now the government is reviewing SARA, providing people with a wonderful opportunity to improve Canada's flawed endangered species legislation. Read our paper and discover the five simple things that federal government can do to make sure we protect the web of life we all rely on.
You can help by distributing the newsprint version of our newspaper in your neighborhood. Send us an email at sven,,,wildernesscommittee.org with your mailing address and how many copies you would like. We’ll send you a little or a lot - it’s your choice - for distribution to friends, family, co-workers or at the local bakery, coffee shop or library. Help us make sure that bluebirds, meadowlarks and killer whales are a part of Canada's future