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© Lora Denis
February 2, 2022 marks the fiftieth anniversary of World Wetlands Day. This annual event is intended to raise awareness about wetlands to reverse their ongoing decline. Alarmingly, almost 90 percent of Earth’s wetlands have been degraded since the 1700s.
This fact mirrors the historic wetland loss we’ve witnessed in Ontario. South of the shield, the loss exceeds 72 percent – over 85 percent in municipalities like Essex, Kent, Lambton, Brant, Russell & Prescott, Perth, Middlesex, Niagara and Toronto.
And the loss continues. Rather than implementing the Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario, including a commitment to improve policy tools to better conserve wetlands, the Government of Ontario is going in the opposite direction. For example, ignoring public outcry, it chose to weaken policy so that even Provincially Significant Wetlands are now vulnerable to destruction authorized through Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs).
Nevertheless, instead of getting mired in doom and gloom, let’s take inspiration from the official theme for this year’s World Wetlands Day – Wetlands Action for People and Nature.
So, with action in mind, here are seven ways to invest your time and energy for wetlands in the months ahead:
Wetlands provide so much to be grateful for. In 2022, let’s do right by wetlands and return the gift.