The federal environment minister has signalled that the Species at Risk Act (SARA) is under review, and could see some changes. Last year, the federal Fisheries Act has been dramatically weakened and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act replaced in its entirety.
Let’s not let that happen to yet another piece of important environmental legislation in Canada. Speak up now to let the government know that you want a stronger, not weaker, Species at Risk Act.
Having a strong federal Species at Risk Act is essential to protect our most vulnerable plants and animals, and the habitat they need to survive and recover on federal lands. It also enables the federal government to step in where needed to protect species at risk on provincial and territorial lands, acting as a critical safety net for endangered species, regardless of where they live in Canada.
Over 650 species are at risk of disappearing forever. If you’re concerned about the future of Canada’s endangered species, speak up now, before any changes are made to the federal Species at Risk Act.
|1. Write a letter to the federal Environment Minister with your thoughts about the importance of having a strong Species at Risk Act to protect Canada’s most vulnerable species and their habitats.||2. Talk to your local MP and let them know that this issue is important to you. Ask them at one of their many community events – barbecues, pancake breakfasts – to oppose any proposed weakening of SARA. You can also send them a copy of your letter – find their contact information here.
||3. Spread the word. Let your friends and families know that they can help secure a future for our endangered species, and ask them to take action.|
Fill out the form below and click ‘Send your message’ to let the federal Environment Minister know that you want a strong federal Species at Risk Act. If you wish to send the content of your letter to your MP, be sure to copy the text before clicking on 'Send your message'.
Some points you may wish to include in your letter: