“We’re losing the battle for diversity of life” Sarah Otto and Kai Chan

As the Convention on Biodiversity rolls along, this article kicks home just how poorly our province is protected.

Worth reading: We’re losing the battle for diversity of life – Vancouver Sun

3 Comments

  1. Gary says:

    This should be a federal legislated matter, as important or more important than indivdual rights. Your lack of biodiversity and concern with water, affects me as well as does the rampant exploitation of the Alberta Tar Sands and the Alberta Government’s obvious colision with the oil companies. My comment is even more germane as I live in Sudbury where mining has contaminated the surrounding and created a group that only cares if more exploitation will result in more uneducated labouring jobs. We’re even considering moving a lake for a gold mine. Clearly, the water is more valuable than the gold. The town, a one time mining town, should never have been founded.

    • Mark says:

      Gary, thanks for your detailed response.
      I do agree that there could be more influence mandated by federal legislation (as is the case with the EPA in the United States) but that doesn’t mean that provincial authorities should be sitting idly under that umbrella. In Canada, provincial governments are responsible for their natural resources and by keeping it so the issues have less chance of becoming east-versus-west or partisan.
      As for Sudbury, we have family there and I do love the comeback that the forests have made there from strong community and Laurentian University.
      I don’t think that these issues should or need to be surrounded by environment versus jobs. Both can be had, we just need to think through some of our decision making methods.

    • Karamelkrim says:

      Holly, I know, it’s crazy! All of a sudden I just ppoped out. I’m kind of nervous to go to the doctor today to see how much weight I have gained. Our scale broke around the time I found out I was expecting, so I have no idea how much I weigh.

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