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World Environment Day: “Generation Restoration”

Land sustains life on Earth. Farmlands, forests, grasslands, savannahs, peatlands and even mountains provide humanity with the goods and services that make civilization possible. Those landscapes are underpinned by aquatic ecosystems, such as oceans, rivers and lakes, which sustain the water cycles that keep land fertile.

On World Environment Day, we’re celebrating the nature around us and shifting our focus to land restoration, desertification, and drought resilience. People from over 150 countries come together to recognize this day and highlight how we can act individually to make a positive impact on the environment.

All over the world, ecosystems are threatened. From forests and drylands to farmlands and lakes, natural spaces on which humanity’s existence depends are reaching a tipping point. On World Environment Week, Canada joins over 150 other countries to recognize how we can act as individuals to make a positive impact on the environment. This year, the theme is “Generation Restoration”, which focuses on land restoration, stopping desertification, and building drought resilience.

Our government is taking action to protect the environment, wildlife, ecosystems, and air from coast to coast to coast. We’ve made great progress through initiatives such as the 2030 Biodiversity Strategy, our carbon pricing, our commitment to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, and much more.

Every dollar invested in ecosystem restoration – the process of halting and reversing degradation – helps the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, which is humanity’s blueprint for a better future. It is a global effort to take care of our shared planet. You can take action to protect the environment, even from home. Check out this practical guide to learn more about how you can get involved.  

Happy World Environment Day!

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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