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NatureBus rolls through the County to pick up messages to stop nature loss

The County’s South Shore Joint Initiative (SSJI) is joining Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory’s NatureHood Program to collect messages from the community that call on world leaders at the NatureCop to stop nature loss.

The NatureBus, a Nature Canada Bus tour, will stop at Elizabeth and Main, Picton (Giant Tiger parking lot) on Monday Dec. 5 from 2-4:30 p.m. to collect messages. The messages will be delivered to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at NatureCOP, the UN biodiversity conference in Montreal Dec. 7 to 19.

Before arriving in Picton, the NatureBus will stop at PECI and Athol South Marysburgh schools to collect letters prepared by students.

The NatureBus will be decorated with artwork by youth from Picton’s ROC Drop In Centre, working with the artist Patrick Thompson.

There will be also be a letter-writing station set up for anyone who wants to put a message on the bus.

Nature Canada staff will greet the public and answer questions. They will also be helping people who wish to crate a pinecone bird feeder to take home and help people discover ways they can protect nature in their neighbourhood.

Those unable to meet at the bus stop are invited to drop off a message, letter, or artwork to any Prince Edward County library branch.

Messages are also welcome online at Nature Canada https://naturecanada.ca/naturebus/#form

“We have joined NatureBus because its message agrees with our vision and mission statements,” said Cheryl Anderson, SSJI vice-president. “Protecting and restoring biodiversity is critical to the health of the planet and all its inhabitants.”

“The planet is staring down the dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss,” said Graham Saul, Executive Director at Nature Canada. “NatureCOP in Montreal could be the moment we turn things around for nature – and Canada unexpectedly finds itself in the driver’s seat.”

Nature Canada, one of Canada’s largest conservation organizations, has three buses going from town to town across Canada collecting messages of support for a plan to restore nature. Buses were leaving from Halifax, London, and Vancouver.

After delivering the messages to the Prime Minister, they will be displayed at Nature Canada’s installment at the Canada Pavilion.

“Expectations are high for NatureCOP,” said Saul. “The world needs a strong Global Biodiversity Framework and Canada needs a clear action plan to halt and reverse nature loss. For NatureCOP to be a success, conference delegates need to know the depth of Canadians’ commitment to nature. The NatureBus will deliver that message.”

The South Shore Joint Initiative is led by a mission to educate and advocate for the protection, preservation and restoration of South Shore lands and near shore waters.
Its vision is a permanently protected Prince Edward County South Shore where together biodiversity and people thrive. Find out more at ssji.ca

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