This year, Nature Canada’s annual Nature on the Hill event is connecting over 70 nature groups with Members of Parliament to push for cross-party support for an action plan to address the biodiversity crisis.
Groups will be calling on decision-makers for a comprehensive action plan to halt and reverse nature loss by 2030. Dozens of meetings are lined up with MPs and Nature Canada will host a virtual town hall meeting with the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Coast Guard.
“This is a critical moment for nature with more political will to act than we’ve ever seen,” says Graham Saul, Executive Director at Nature Canada. “We’re looking forward to engaging in conversation with Ministers Guibeault and Murray, plus MPs from all parties to ensure we can capitalize on the opportunities for nature protection that are before us. Our network of nature groups coming together to speak with one clear message is exactly what Nature on the Hill is all about.”
Last year’s budget made a historic investment in nature with over 3.2 billion dollars going to initiatives that could make a big impact for nature protection and restoration. This included funding for new protected areas, natural climate solutions, and addressing environmental racism all while centering Indigenous action and leadership.
The public is also expecting action. Nature Canada and our partners have mobilized thousands of Canadians to urge the ministers to deliver an action plan to halt and reverse nature loss.
The list of MPs who have signed up to meet with participating groups includes members from all parties and all regions of Canada. The Nature groups they will be meeting with represent a wide range of interests from watershed alliances, to birders, to friends of local parks groups.