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Protecting nature also fights climate change, says federal environment minister –

“Nature is an agenda that everyone can get around,” McKenna said

Carbon taxes aren’t the only way to fight climate change, says federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna.

Speaking ahead of an international conservation conference, McKenna said protecting natural areas can go a long way toward slowing the progress and mitigating the impact of global warming.

“Nature isn’t linked to climate as much as it should be,” she said Tuesday, the day before the opening of the Nature Champions Summit in Montreal, which will bring together governments, businesses, Indigenous communities and non-governmental organizations.

“We’re connecting it to climate.”

Intact ecosystems can help protect communities against some of the worst impacts of climate change. Scientists often point to the role of wetlands in absorbing heavy rains or snowmelts, reducing flooding for homes and farms.

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