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The State of Biodiversity on the Saugeen Peninsula and Beyond

Venue: Tobermory, Ontario

Host: Sources of Knowledge Forum

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Tobermory Community Centre
N0H 2R0
( ON, CA )

When: Apr 28, 2023 @ 08:00 AM

Forum Dates Friday, April 28 – Sunday, April 30, 2023

Price Information Full Forum Option: $95.00 per person (includes Friday evening, Saturday sessions & evening dinner event with Keynote Speaker, and Sunday sessions)

Dinner Only Option: $35.00 per person (includes Saturday evening dinner event with Keynote Speaker) We are very excited to be launching the April 28-30, 2023 Forum taking place at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre and would like to invite you! We feel that the timing is right to focus on biodiversity following the United Nations Convention of the Parties on biodiversity meetings in Montreal in December, 2022. By all accounts, Canada played a leading role in forging the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, committing countries to protect 30 per cent of land and oceans by 2030.

Why is this important? Biodiversity is the variety of all living things on this planet, from bats to cattails, bears to humans, caribou to orchids. There are millions of plant, animal, insect, bacteria and fungi species that make up life on Earth, and each one has a part to play in helping ecosystems thrive. But this precious biodiversity is under serious threat. Over the last half-century or so, the number of animals on Earth has dropped by half. Up to one million species are currently on the brink of extinction, some within decades or earlier. Scientists say we’re seeing the sixth mass extinction on our planet, the first to be caused entirely by one species – us.

The Forum Program is designed to meet several learning and action objectives:

Learn about biodiversity and the importance of the United Nations COP15 agreement. Situate Indigenous conservation leadership as central; as Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Steven Guilbeault says, “By coupling Indigenous and Western science, we can fight the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, strengthen our relationships with Indigenous communities, and build a better future for everyone.” Examine how important the Saugeen Peninsula is to Great Lakes-wide biodiversity, hear about important efforts already underway by government and local groups, and learn how you can take action.

Stay tuned for more information about the Forum program here and in the upcoming editions of the Bruce Peninsula Press. But, as a teaser, we are excited to announce that we will be showing the new film: The Issue with Tissue, A Boreal Love Story with Director Michael Zelniker, trailer here in partnership with Bagida'waad Alliance.

We know you will want be there. Register Now! The Sources of Knowledge Forum is a Registered Charity #830429486RR0001

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