The state of our planet
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Every country faces significant challenges to create a world where people and nature thrive, including here in Canada. Our demands on nature exceed what our planet can regenerate. If everyone lived like Canadians, globally we would need the resources of 4.7 Earths to sustain us.
Canadian wildlife and ecosystems are already feeling the impact of our unsustainable lifestyles. WWF’s Living Planet Report Canada found that half of monitored vertebrate wildlife populations are in decline, and of those, the average rate of decline is a staggering 83 per cent. Habitat loss is the single greatest threat to wildlife.
We have significant opportunities to do better. We can lead in nature protection and restoration if we can become leaders in sustainability.
Reversing the decline of wildlife: together it’s possible
Reversing the decline of wildlife will take all of us. Communities. Industry. Governments. And you. Together, we can help create healthy native habitats and protect our country’s diverse species and ecosystems – now and for generations. Every campus can provide habitat for native wildlife and show leadership in the transition to a more sustainable Canada.
No matter your academic background or career path, you can help make sustainable choices practical and effective for life on campus, lead hands-on efforts to restore campus green spaces and find ways to integrate sustainability principles into your academic discipline. Your campus can demonstrate that living sustainably is possible.