Taking Action on Biodiversity
Ontario's economic prosperity and general well-being depend on biodiversity.
Building on Ontario's accomplishments to date, Biodiversity: It's in Our Nature presents the government's action plan for the following recommendations from the Ontario Biodiversity Council's 2011 strategy:
- Continue to integrate biodiversity conservation in school curricula, as appropriate, from kindergarten to Grade 12, to generate awareness among students.
- Use Ontario Parks and resource management programs like Family Fishing Week and Learn to Camp to increase biodiversity awareness and understanding.
- Explore opportunities to develop and implement a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights.
- Raise awareness of the health hazards associated with air quality, extreme weather and climate change.
- Identify new ways for carbon-intensive industries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
- Continue to successfully implement the Ontario Invasive Species Strategic Plan and support the Invasive Species Centre to reduce the threats posed by invasive species.
- Continue to phase out coal-fired electricity generation and implement the Long-Term Energy Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emission.
- Successfully complete the implementation of the 50 Million Tree Program to maintain and enhance species habitats.
- Provide guidance and information to municipalities to encourage development of urban biodiversity and green infrastructure strategies.
- Promote research that explores the factors that motivate people to conserve biodiversity.
- Support research in clean technology and bioeconomy sectors.
- Continue to update Ontario's Ecological Footprint analysis to monitor Ontario's growth and consumption of natural resources.
- Involve Aboriginal peoples in biodiversity monitoring, data collection and information sharing to establish a long-term biodiversity monitoring system.