“I know what’s possible. I know it’s possible to fight climate change with nature. I know it’s possible to bring back habitat and reverse wildlife loss. I know it’s possible to combine Indigenous guidance and knowledge with the best of science to protect and steward nature. So, let’s get to work turning those possibilities into realities.” — Megan Leslie, WWF-Canada president and CEO
We are facing a biodiversity crisis. Like climate change, it is driven by human development, and the two crises are intertwined. The “human world” and the “natural world” are not separate; they are connected, and the environmental issues we face involve the intersection of many other issues, from the economy, to food security, to environmental justice.
In order to tackle biodiversity loss, we need to dig into these stories, and hear from diverse voices, to properly understand what Canada is doing, not doing, and should be doing to safeguard at-risk species — and what obstacles must be overcome.
This is what The Future of Us, our next issue, is all about. Alternatives Journal (A\J) is teaming up with WWF-Canada to tell the story of species conservation in Canada from a range of perspectives and voices. With most stories informed and inspired by WWF-Canada’s work, it will showcase what conservation looks like today, in our ever-changing world, and what we need to do to make real change.
Our hope is that we drive home the messages that:
1) too many species are at risk of extinction, an alarming number that keeps growing, and preventing this is worthy of our time and energy; and
2) humans are also species in this world, so the fate of other species is tied to our own.