Many Canadians recognize the need to broaden efforts to reduce both GHG emissions and biodiversity loss, and to prioritize actions where these two goals align.
Author, “Finding Common Ground: Six Steps for Tackling Climate Change and Biodiversity Loss in Canada”
25% of Earth’s wetlands & boreal forests are in Canada. The boreal region is home to over 600 Indigenous communities. It sustains livelihoods, supports biodiversity, and provides globally significant climate services.
20% of Earth’s freshwater is located in Canada. Freshwater is not only critical to human health and wildlife, it serves a disproportionately large and important role in the global carbon cycle.
Canada has the longest coastline in the world. Coastal ecosystems provide critical habitat for marine life, sustenance for communities, and sequester carbon in seagrass meadows, salt marshes, and kelp forests.
Canada is home to one of the world’s most endangered ecosystems: prairie grasslands. The wise stewardship of grasslands and farmlands can drawdown and store carbon, benefit biodiversity, and sustain livelihoods.