Letter to the Editor - Nature needs room in throne speech

Dear Editor:
RE: Speech from the Throne
As Canadians adapt to life alongside COVID-19, governments are hyper-focussed on one thing: recovery.
It may be tempting to search for new policies, and it is important to ensure there is support for Canadian businesses and families, but the most powerful solution remains hidden in plain sight – a green and inclusive recovery.
A key to building back better is achieving a harmonious existence with nature — it was here for us through the pandemic and we need to support its existence into the future.  Success in the widespread prevalence of native grasslands, wetlands, forests, waterways and oceans should be a clear commitment of our government moving forward.  
Meeting the targets of the Aichi Accord (protection of 17% of uplands and 10% marine) and progressing to the goal of protecting 30 percent of our land and oceans by 2030 could allow us to build a more sustainable economy, create good jobs, and address climate change.
That’s why Nature Saskatchewan joined over 230 organizations urging the federal government to put nature at the heart of its recovery efforts.
Our future depends on a new direction for Canada that will protect the planet, and all of the species that share it with us. That starts with the throne speech next Wednesday.
Jordan Ignatiuk
Executive Director
Nature Saskatchewan

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