Massive plunge in wildlife expected by 2020. Here’s why, and what you can do

Every two years, the World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London report on the health of the planet with an updated index of wildlife populations. This year, the numbers are especially bleak: Populations have already declined on average by 58 per cent between 1970 and 2012. And unless we act quickly, we risk a decline of 67 per cent by 2020. That’s more than two-thirds of wildlife on… continue reading

15 ways Canada can help wildlife thrive again

The Living Planet Report 2016 released today shows the world is on track to lose 67 per cent of wildlife populations by 2020. Here are 15 things Canada can do to help stop that from happening. 1. Declare the Arctic’s Lancaster Sound a National Marine Conservation Area. Now that Shell has relinquished nearby oil and gas exploration permits, nothing stands in the way of a marine protected area with expanded… continue reading

New tool prevents conflict between wildlife and renewable energy. Here’s how

WWF-Canada has developed a new tool to build habitat protection into the renewable-energy development process, so that conflicts with wildlife can be prevented before significant investments are considered. Renewables for Nature, an interactive digital tool, makes it easy to identify areas where renewable-energy potential is high and conflict with nature is comparatively low. While the tool is most valuable for renewable energy planners, I invite you dive in. Where would… continue reading

Getting personal: why the head of RSA Canada is committed to conservation

As a father, Martin Thompson wants his three young children to inherit a healthy planet. As the president and CEO of RSA Canada — one of the country’s largest insurance companies — he also has compelling bottom-line reasons to support sustainability. “Climate change is probably one of the biggest risks our business faces,” he says. As Martin explains, burning fossil fuels not only heats up the planet, it also creates… continue reading