People take part in a protest about climate change around New York City Hall at lower Manhattan, New York, November 29, 2015, a day before the start of the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP21). (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
We're clever animals — so smart that we think we're in command. We forget that our inventions have created many crises.
Two degrees Celsius: That's the global temperature increment scientists say the world must stay beneath to avoid the worst effects of climate change. But according to a study published this week in th...
Hiking, swimming, biking and other outdoor pursuits are part of our national DNA, and indubitably good for our physical health.
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We might be a young country, but as a destination, we have many offerings for tourists.
We've all taken a walk in nature and experienced the relaxing and often regenerating, healing impact it can have on us, right?
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For me, listening to music can have similar effects to a walk in the woods. The following five songs by Canadian artists explore the presence of nature in our daily lives and how important it is to experience and conserve the world outside our windows:
As a northern nation that was mostly covered by glaciers only 10,000 years ago, Canada has fewer species than tropical countries where the evolution and emergence of new species has been operating in stable environments for hundreds of thousands of years. Tiny Panama has 10 times more tree species than Canada. Brazil has hundreds of more species on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species compared to Canada.
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I truly believe the first step to protecting nature is learning to appreciate it. And as environmental problems around the world advance -- with rising temperatures, more frequent natural disasters, and declining biodiversity -- the importance of connecting with nature only increases.
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There's no going back to simpler times, but our survival does depend on respecting our place in this miraculous world. To heal the disconnection, we must reconnect. It's fitting, then, that the theme of this year's World Environment Day on June 5 is "Connecting People to Nature."
Many of the plants we have in our yards are not native to Canada. In some cases, these non-native plants are invasive and can intrude into nearby natural areas or affect the growth and spread of native species. In most cases, native plants provide better habitat for birds and pollinators than non-native plants. Honey bees depend on native plants in order to produce honey and survive while doing their part to spread these native species.
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Do you have a love for nature, and exploring the sacred wilderness? What about a desire for adventure? If so, why not extend Earth Month and book yourself a secluded retreat. Not only is this a chance be surrounded by incredible landscapes, magnificent mountain ranges and breathtaking scenery, it's also the perfect type of escape to recharge and rejuvenate.
When it comes to nature conservation, a little goes a long way. Small-scale conservation efforts can have a huge impact and help ensure that we and future generations can enjoy precious natural spaces. This Earth Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada challenges you to partake in at least one small act of conservation.