There has never been a more important time to invest in nature conservation. In the face of the immense challenges of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change, nature is our ally. And in the last year, when faced with the ongoing challenges of a global pandemic, we’ve all been reminded of its tremendous impact on our lives. By investing in nature conservation, you are investing in a sustainable future.
Healthy, intact natural systems provide us with a host of essential nature-based solutions. From the food on our tables to our health and well-being, nature provides myriad essential, and largely undervalued, solutions to today’s crises. Healthy natural systems also absorb carbon (carbon sequestration), keep it in the ground and provide an essential buffer to lessen the impacts of climate change.
That’s why conservation matters, especially in Canada. And we are particularly grateful for your generous support of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) conservation mandate. Your dedication to our mission made the past year a resounding success for us all.
It’s been a year of amazing conservation outcomes. We celebrated spectacular projects, such as the 25-year anniversary of the Old Man on His Back Prairie and Heritage Conservation Area, located in one of the world’s most endangered habitats: Canada’s grasslands. We marked the completion of our Vidal Bay project in Ontario, which is setting the standard for large landscape-scale conservation in the province. We expanded our protected areas in Quebec’s Green Mountains, part of an important Canada-U.S. migratory corridor that stretches from the Appalachians to the Adirondacks.
And who would have thought a year ago, as we were faced with the uncertainty of the pandemic, that we would not only complete, but exceed, our $750-million goal for the Landmark Campaign, making it the largest and most ambitious campaign for conservation ever in Canada?