Support getting youth outside in Canada’s wild places.
Canada is known for its vast wilderness and the diverse nature it holds. No matter where you are in Canada, we have opportunity to see some iconic landscapes and feats of nature. The fall season can mean large, beautiful yellow and red leaves from our interior provinces, while British Columbia can show you some majestic salmon run viewings and if you’re above the Arctic Circle, the northern lights will take your breath away.
But this year, we’ve seen our nature taken away for industrial development and environmental education be taken out of the classroom in some provinces. We have seen pipelines be approved despite vast public opposition, and provincial governments show a lack of care and concern for the protection of our parks.
These places that are being altered and destroyed are where many youth go to play. Research has shown that accessing nature can drastically improve the well-being of all - especially youth. Exploring the relationships between ourselves and our environment provides a learning framework that contributes to cognitive development, well-being, and reasoning.
With the 2015 election just around the corner, it is urgent that we tell our government that we want to keep our wild places wild and that Canada’s protected areas shouldn’t opened to development and research practices. We need to let our officials understand the importance of Canada’s wild places and how youth connecting with nature is an irreplaceable benefit to Canada.
Sign our pledge now to show your support for getting youth outside in Canada’s wild places.
We'll submit your names and postal codes to the provincial and federal governments to let them know that you care about youth in Canada's wild places.