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Canada must commit to a nature and biodiversity accountability act – IRPP

COP15 in Montreal is the right time to start to dismantle the country’s colonial relationship with nature, with greater respect for Indigenous rights.

October 5, 2022

Nature isn’t an infinite resource to be exploited. Canada’s current socio-economic system, rooted in colonial resource extraction, has shaped our interactions with the natural world. The commodification of nature and the industrialization of our global society have led to habitat destruction, exploitation, pollution and global climate change – all with devastating effects on biodiversity.

The Canadian government has acknowledged the urgency of the nature crisis we are currently facing, but what is needed now is concrete action, not more talk. The federal government must commit to passing a nature and biodiversity accountability act that dismantles our colonial relationship with nature, respects Indigenous rights and guarantees equitable access to nature, while ensuring biodiversity protection targets are achieved.

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