Share why you value protected nature in our national parks
CPAWS 2016 parks report documents a troubling shift in how Parks Canada is managing our national parks,
away from conserving nature as the primary focus, towards more development and
marketing, at the expense of the very nature our national parks are supposed to
The report also welcomes commitments
by the new federal government to limit development, re-focus on ecological
integrity, and restore open, transparent decision-making in our national parks,
and includes 17 recommendations for a better path forward.
Please send a letter today to
Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, sharing why you
value protected nature in our national parks, and asking her to re-focus Parks
Canada on its priority mandate of nature conservation.
For the greatest impact, we
recommend that you personalize your letter and ensure your message is
encouraging in tone.
Here are a few key points you could
- I love visiting Canada’s national
parks and want their natural beauty and wildlife protected as the first
priority for park management.
- I’m deeply concerned about Parks
Canada’s shift in management approach away from its legal mandate of conserving
nature in our national parks as the first management priority, towards
marketing, revenue generation and tourism development at the expense of nature.
If this continues it will jeopardize the natural legacy we leave to future
generations of Canadians.
- I am
encouraged by your government’s commitments to limit development, re-focus on
ecological integrity, and restore open, transparent decision-making in our
national parks. Please act quickly to implement these promises, starting by
cancelling proposed developments in Banff and Jasper National Parks, and
appointing an independent expert review panel to recommend a new path forward.