1 – To create a national and international day of awareness and celebration of SolarDay, including: A – The many benefits of solar energy and energy independence, B – The creation of more sustainable lifestyles and businesses, C – The adoption of green and clean-technology that does not adversely affect the planet and the atmosphere,
Around the world, waste generation rates are rising. In 2017, the worlds’ cities generated 1.3 billion tonnes of solid waste per year, amounting to a footprint of 1.2 kilograms per person per day. With rapid population growth and urbanization, municipal waste generation is expected to rise to 2.2 billion tonnes by 2025. Compared to those in developed nations, residents in developing countries, especially the urban poor, are more severely impacted by unsustainably managed waste. In low and middle-income countries, waste is often disposed in unregulated dumps or openly burned. These practices create serious health, safety, and environmental consequences. Poorly managed waste serves as a breeding ground for disease vectors, contributes to global climate change through methane generation, and even promotes urban violence. Managing waste properly is essential for building sustainable and livable cities, but it remains a challenge for many developing countries and cities. Effective waste management is expensive, often comprising 20%–50% of municipal budgets. Operating this essential municipal service requires integrated systems that are efficient, sustainable, and socially supported.
In 2013, Environment Canada published a series of papers describing bird mortality from various human activities. The numbers are shocking. Predation by owned and feral cats causes roughly 100 to 350 million bird deaths annually. Twenty-five million birds die from striking windows each year. A similar number die from colliding with transmission lines. Every year, vehicle collisions account for about 14 million bird deaths, communication towers 221,000, and wind energy turbines kill about 45,000. These activities are not intended to kill birds. Mortality is “incidental” to the activity. These numbers are staggering and demand action, even though they are initial estimates and more scientific research would be beneficial. Nature Canada believes that it is time Canadians understand how many birds die as a direct result of our choices and actions. Together, we can save bird lives, one action and one decision at a time, day by day. We can promote positive actions, and work with all levels of society to make Canada a safer place for wild birds. Click through the tabs above to learn more about the issues threatening birds across Canada – and how you can help!