World Wetlands Day Trivia

It’s World Wetland Day! We know that Owls Head Provincial Park has extensive wetlands, but how much do you know about wetlands? Test your knowledge with our #WWDNova Scotia trivia questions, with help from our friends at the Ecology Action Centre

Graphic Design by Helen Michel

1. According to the International Guidelines on Nature-Based Features, areas of the United States that had more wetlands experienced a _____% reduction in damages during Hurricane Sandy.
a) 5%
b) 15%
c) 25%
d) 30%


Nina Newington: “The Climate Crisis Cannot Be Solved Without Solving the Nature Crisis”

It [the IPBES report] identifies actions to simultaneously fight both crises, including expanding nature reserves and restoring—or halting the loss of—ecosystems rich in species and carbon, such as forests, natural grasslands and kelp forests.

The only way Bill 57 addresses the biodiversity crisis is by mandating the protection of 20% of our land and water by 2030. This is a definite improvement over previous goals but I would urge that we need an earlier target of 2025. This will not be easy to achieve but it is essential. Our federal government has agreed to implement the UN’s goal of protecting 30% of lands and waters on earth by 2030.

Here in Nova Scotia, we should get cracking on our 20% target. First on the to-do list: restore Owls Head, with its globally rare ecosystem, to the list of proposed Parks and Protected Areas then immediately protect all the areas on the PPA list.


Carbon and Conservation

Why Our Elections Need to be about Hectares, Not Just Climate Change

We need to conserve this nation with every bit the vigor we apply to climate change, and our government will not – in fact it cannot – succeed in either case without robust public engagement. So, while each of us reconciles our carbon footprint, with electric cars, vegan diets, heat pumps and solar panels, we must also identify those remaining patches of wilderness we’re willing to fight for, and insist they one day constitute our 30 per cent by 2030. Then we need to go find more.