Sunday June 6, 2021 | BRITISH COLUMBIA
by Mary P Brooke, Editor | Island Social Trends
Across Canada, World Environment Day was recognized yesterday June 5, with the theme of Ecosystem Restoration.
“Nature is a fundamental part of our national identity. Canadians understand the value of nature and wild spaces, and the essential role they play in our health and well-being.” said federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson, in a news release this weekend.
To mark the occasion Wilkinson (whose riding is North Vancouver), planted a sapling at the Maplewood Flats Conservation Area with a local partner, the Wild Bird Trust BC.
The Government of Canada has committed to conserving a quarter of Canada’s lands and oceans by 2025. Canada continues to advocate internationally for conserving 30 percent of the world’s lands and oceans by 2030.
Year round, British Columbia works to be a leader in sustainable environmental management – with air and water quality that ranks among the highest in the world. Effective waste management procedures and solutions contribute a great deal to preserving our environment.
The CleanBC program is about reducing emissions and protecting the environment while the economy continues with energy generation, housing, transportation and technology.
Here on the South Vancouver Island the environment was protected in other ways this weekend, through political protests about forestry (at Fairy Creek) and mining (in the District of Highlands).
For individuals, the weather was nice enough to be out enjoying nature (bright though seasonally a bit cool), which for many probably including developing or tending to their own food-growing gardens.