When was the last time you saw caribou? (No, we’re not talking about the ones on the quarter.)
Sure, you might say there aren’t any caribou in the GTA. But the truth is, their numbers are declining throughout the province.
Like a growing number of wildlife, caribou are on Ontario’s Endangered Species list. Their habitat is being degraded by industry and development and we’re not leaving enough for them to survive.
Today, the law that protects species — the Endangered Species Act — is at risk, too. The province has said that it wants to create further “efficiencies for business.” This could give industry more ability to infringe on habitat, which is bad news for the more than 200 species that law serves to protect.
But there’s good news.
At the David Suzuki Foundation, we know there’s room for both. Sustainable economic opportunities and conservation can go hand-in-hand. When government puts responsible limits in place, jobs can thrive alongside wildlife. Limits can also create certainty for business, which is good for investors.
Ontario is open for business, and that’s good. We need a strong, sustainable economy to power us into the future. But it should be a future we can be proud of.
Ontario must be open not only for business, but for taking care of each other and the natural world around us. That includes wildlife.
Join us in speaking up for our species at risk.