Across Canada, habitat loss, pollution, invasive species, climate change, and unsustainable harvesting have pushed over 500 species dangerously close to extinction. Species of every description, from lichens to leatherback turtles, whooping cranes to wood bison are at risk.
Canada is home to over a quarter of the world's Arctic lands and waters. As the climate warms, Arctic sea ice is disappearing. That summer ice is vitally important to a whole range of animals from tiny shrimp to vast bowhead whales, and to local people.
WWF-Canada is leading the transition to sustainable seafood, smart oceans management, and sustainable ocean economies to ensure that all three of Canada's oceans Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic remain ecologically rich and economically prosperous.
Canada has 20% of the world's freshwater, an abundance that has led to a false sense of security. Globally, freshwater species populations have fallen by at least 35% in the past 40 years. Nature needs freshwater to flourish and communities need healthy rivers and watersheds to prosper.