Conservation and Connection with Nature are a Priority for Canadians

Two recent reports from the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and TD GreenSights confirm that nature conservation, and feeling a personal connection with nature, are important to Canadians.

We couldn't agree more, as EALT's lands provide essential habitat for wild species and crucial opportunities for local residents to connect with nature, as well as many environmental benefits.

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The University of Northern British Columbia and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) recently conducted the Canadian Space for Nature Survey. Some very encouraging results came out of this survey:

  • 93% of Canadians from coast to coast to coast agree that protected areas are necessary.
  • Canadians consider protecting wildlife and natural beauty to be the most important reasons for having protected areas.

  • Canadians think that 50% of Canada’s land and sea should be protected. They similarily think that half the planet should be protected.

  • The top challenges to protecting more areas were lack of understanding, lack of funds, and low government priority.

Canada is currently working to achieve its international commitment to protect at least 17% of our country’s land and inland waters. EALT is proud to have protected over 2,200 acres of land in the last 10 years.

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In addition, the TD GreenSights Report had some similar findings, as part of TD’s Common Ground Project. This report found that:

  • 95 percent of Canadians agree that access to community green space will be important to their quality of life in the future.
  • The top 3 reasons that Canadians use green spaces are linked to escapism. They were: relaxing on my own (43%), relaxing with friends and family (41%) and connecting with nature (42%).
  • 40% agreed that preserving green spaces should come at the expense of commercial development followed by housing development (24%) and parking (20%).
“The magic of green space is the simultaneous benefits that we derive living in cities. Green spaces also provide fundamental services that improve the well-being and environment within cities; things like climate regulation, stormwater management, supporting pollinators, sequestering carbon dioxide are all benefits we derive from parks and often don’t think about them in this way. Even when urban green spaces are not being used, we’re still deriving benefits from them. The simple existence of urban green spaces means we live a better, healthier life.”
— Professor Marc Cadotte, TD Common Ground Think Tank

We all need to do our part to ensure that natural spaces are conserved for us now and for future generations. The Edmonton and Area Land Trust is proud to have been conserving land for 10 years and have over 10 conservation lands for you to enjoy. Get involved today!

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