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Since 2019, New Brunswick has begun the largest increase in land protection in the province’s
history, promising to protect 10% of New Brunswick’s public land.

This month the government of New Brunswick announced almost 100,000 ha of new protected
areas. This is another step towards reaching their 10% goal. CPAWS NB is continuing to
encourage the government to fulfill their promise and prioritize both nature protection, and a
commitment to collaboration with Indigenous Nations to set out a path for future conservation
action.

Click here to send a letter to thank the government for taking this step and encourage them to
keep the momentum going!

CRED-NB launched our campaign today to secure a federal impact assessment for the SMRs planned for Point Lepreau on the Bay of Fundy!

The media release is below.

Their action tool launched with the Ontario Clean Air Alliance is HERE, to send a support letter to federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault.

Please use the action tool to show your support, and share this widely in your networks! More links:

Info page on the CRED-NB site, HERE.

Direct link to our formal request to Minister Guilbeault, HERE. (pdf)

CRED-NB Facebook site HERE.
 


You can make a difference now. Join and take action in the fight against biodiversity loss and climate change by protecting Canada’s natural spaces.

Canada has committed to protect at least 30% of its land and ocean by 2030, with a milestone goal of protecting 25% by 2025. Seeing these protection commitments through, and connecting protected areas, will benefit wildlife and people and make natural spaces and communities more resilient to climate change.

Supporting Indigenous-led conservation is vital for achieving these goals and contributing to reconciliation in Canada.

We can’t wait. We know what is at stake – and we have a path forward. We’re inviting you to join the movement and urge all governments to take action for the future you want.

Click here to join

Climate change threatens communities and ecosystems. Which means humans are not the only ones that need to adapt to climate change. Non-human species also need a chance to survive these changes.

At the end of May, the federal government launched public consultations on its first ever National Adaptation Strategy, which will be released in the fall. They are asking the public to give their ideas and feedback on the discussion paper. Strategies like this are not created often, so we need to speak up now to ensure that the federal government gets it right. In order to do so, Nature Canada has authored a letter to Minister Guilbeault outlining our recommendations. We hope many to other environmental organizations will join our call to put nature at the centre of the government's adaptation plan.

This letter calls for the government to include three key commitments in the National Adaptation Strategy to ensure that it will protect and restore ecosystems that are critical to stemming climate change and biodiversity loss.

If you’d like to do more, you can add your ideas and feedback directly to the government portal for public consultation. Keep your eyes out as we will be sending around a consultation primer in the near future that can help you to submit your feedback to this portal in line with Nature Canada’s recommendations.

Thank you all for the work that you do, we hope that you will join us in ensuring nature is at the center of Canada’s climate adaptation plan.

If you would like to add your organization to Nature Canada's letter, click here or contact naturebasedsolutions@naturecanada.ca
The National Farmers Union NB, in collaboration with the Agriculture Alliance of NB and Really Local Harvest are urgently requesting sign-ons for an open letter in support of protecting farmland and private land. The letter calls on Premier Higgs to consult with the agricultural industry and general public about proposed amendments to the Mining Act. They hope to deliver the letter to MLAs throughout the province next week. The text of the letter is below:

OPEN LETTER: Protect farmland and private land from Bill-75

To: Premier Blaine Higgs
CC: MLA’s

We, the undersigned are very concerned by Bill-75, which includes an amendment
to the Mining Act that would give prospectors leave to go on private or farm land
without permission.

The amendment has serious implications to farmers, private woodlot owners, and
private landowners, as it negates the requirement for permission to enter private
property, if a prospector is using hand tools or taking samples equivalent to 2
kilograms or 2 litres. A prospector simply driving in fields, let alone tampering with
soil and plants, can do significant damage to the crops and livelihoods of farmers.
Mining companies have often claimed they have little interest in mineral claims on
cultivated land due to fertilizer and pesticide use, but New Brunswick farmers
indicate that this is not true and regularly have stakes or prospectors on their land,
particularly in Charlotte County. Farmers have also raised concerns over the safety
of prospectors themselves who are often unaware of agricultural practices and may
be endangering themselves by coming into contact with pesticides, herbicides, or
livestock.

As no consultation occurred with the agricultural or forestry industries, or the
general public prior to the 1st reading, 2nd reading, or Committee debate of this Bill,
we believe there has been a clear lack of due process.

The Department of Energy and Resource Development has failed to communicate
the implications of Bill-75, and we, the undersigned are dismayed by the absence of
consultation and the repercussions for farmers and private landowners. We demand
that the Mining Act protect the rights of private landowners and farmers, and
consultations now take place with the public and industries concerned.

Sincerely,

[signatures]


View a PDF of the letter HERE.

If your organization would like to add its name to the above letter, please email Suzanne Fournier at nfu.nb.office@gmail.com with the name of your organization and its representative. Deadline for signatures is March 9th.

 

The New Brunswick Lung Association is looking for citizen scientists to join an ongoing air quality project. Participants will be asked to install a small air quality monitor on the outside of their homes and will need an outdoor outlet and a strong WiFi connection. There will be several short surveys sent to our citizen scientists to help collect data, especially during the wildfire season. We are looking for people in the following areas: North-Western NB (Zone 4), the Boiestown/Doaktown area, and along the Maine/NB border in Zone 3. Contact alyse.wilton@nb.lung.ca for more information.

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