Of course, fighting climate change is a monumental task that requires all kinds of efforts – there’s no getting around that. As individuals, we are encouraged to recycle, compost, turn off the lights – actions that help us live more sustainably, but have little large-scale impact. Although these small-scale actions should not be taken for granted, there is so much more opportunity for people to make a difference. The collective power of individuals in influencing major, large-scale change has been systematically underestimated, but the opportunity to get involved and make your voice heard is there. It’s up to us to take a stand for our planet and our future.
In fact, such an opportunity exists right now.
The Bighorn Country proposal recently put forth by the Alberta government would create a system of new protected areas in the mountain and foothill regions - a positive step forward for climate change mitigation and resilience.
As the source of 90% of the drinking water for downstream communities along the North Saskatchewan, including Edmonton, protecting this region would ensure that our water remains clean and secure. It would also allow migrating wildlife to adapt to ecological change, protect our communities by mitigating droughts and floods, and give people have spaces to get out and connect with nature.
So what are you waiting for? Help make a difference in the fight against climate change by voicing your support for more protected areas, including the Bighorn proposal, today!
Read more about the proposal and fill out the online public consultation survey at www.talkaep.alberta.ca/bighorn-country.
Photos by Chris Sargent