Help the Government of Canada keep its promise
Canada boasts three great oceans, but how well are we taking care of them?
Not very well. While Australia has just protected 40 per cent of its oceans, Canada is weakening what little protection it has. Tell your MP that our oceans need the support and protection they deserve.
It’s not about saving money. These cuts are happening at the same time as the federal government is increasing spending by tens of billions of dollars on new navy vessels and military aircraft. Investing less than one per cent of these costs for marine protected areas could make Canada a world leader in ocean conservation. Australia has managed to protect over 3 million square km of ocean, while Canada has protected less than 1 per cent.
Currently, 99 per cent of our oceans lack any protected status, despite repeated international commitments to create marine protected areas. The federal government also pulled out of agreements to work cooperatively with the Province of B.C. and First Nations to more effectively manage our ocean activities.
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