Thanks to the excellent work of our ‘dial movers’ and their success in five municipalities, last week our resolution, EB32 Supporting Biodiversity in Local Communities, was endorsed by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM)!
Here is what that means and what we do next.
The EB32 resolution calls for the B.C. government to create a Local Natural Areas Protection Fund that would provide a mechanism for the province to allocate money to municipalities, regional districts, and First Nations to support land acquisition for ecosystem health. In other words, consistent funding to protect and restore biodiversity.
With EB32’s UBCM endorsement, the next phase of this program will focus on activating and expanding SCBC’s ‘dial movers’ network to support councillors and mayors to connect with provincial government officials and facilitate the creation of the fund.
The next step is advocating for a provincial Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health law. This law is long overdue in B.C. Our second resolution in the Move the Dial Program is for ‘dial movers’ to call on their municipalities to indicate strong support for a provincial law for biodiversity and ecosystem health.
Despite being the province with the most biodiversity, B.C. has the most species at risk of any province in Canada and many ecosystems are near their breaking point. At its core, this work is about protecting and restoring healthy habitats, which provide clean air and water, streams for salmon, homes for pollinators and migratory birds, cooler temperatures when the thermometer rises, and so much more.
Our Move the Dial program is proof that when people are empowered with the skills to take action in their communities, they help shift the paradigm towards healthy ecosystems and climate resilience.
Photos by David Quigg/SCBC and Getty Images