You can help build a budget for nature
In December 2022, British Columbia signed on to a bold and exciting strategy to conserve 30 per cent of the province by 2030.
B.C.’s Premier David Eby put the 30 by 30 objective into the mandate of the Minister of Water, Land and Resource Stewardship, Nathan Cullen, who will lead the charge. Minister Cullen will work with Indigenous governments and the federal government to protect key areas, that will include Indigenous-protected areas.
However…there’s a long way to go.
Only 15% of land in B.C. rests in parks and protected areas, including those that are Indigenous-governed. And the B.C. government still hasn’t put the funds in place to get us to 30 by 30.
The current provincial budget is not enough to achieve these commitments, and the government’s obligations under the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.
Now is the time for the B.C. government to invest in a thriving future for nature and people.
And you can help!
With the 2023 provincial budget due February 28, we must ensure it commits the necessary funds to accomplish the 30 by 30 goal.
The B.C. government’s most recent economic update forecasts a budget surplus of $5.7 billion this year. There are significant new investments expected through the pending Nature Agreement.
This is a historic opportunity to make the kind of conservation gains that people and nature need.
Tell B.C. to invest back into Indigenous governments and communities to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, and engage in land-based reconciliation.
Send your note before February 28
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Your voice helped change the conversation and get B.C. to commit to 30 by 30. Together, we can help make that commitment a reality.
Create the kind of conservation gains that people and nature need. Tell B.C. to invest back into Indigenous governments and communities to protect ecosystems and biodiversity, and engage in land-based reconciliation.
Header image: Wolverine habitat in B.C.’s Purcell Mountains. Photo: M. Barrueto