Founded by Mountain Equipment Co-op and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, The Big Wild is a conservation movement that makes it easy for you to stand up for wilderness protection campaigns.
The Big Wild was founded in 2008 with the goal of protecting large wild spaces in the Canadian wilderness. Nearly one quarter of the planet’s wild forests are inside Canadian borders; 20% of the world’s fresh water and 24% of the planet’s wetlands are also Canadian. Conservation scientists believe we need to protect at least half of Canada’s wild spaces to ensure the integrity of our ecosystems. Real wilderness needs to be large enough to keep the natural balance – and that means thinking big. That’s the vision behind The Big Wild.
Jessie Corey is a Big Wild contributor and the National Public Relations Coordinator with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society based in Ottawa, Canada. She is currently hard at work with CPAWS and the federal Species at Risk Act.
Here’s a stunning statistic for you: currently, there are over 650 species at risk in Canada, and the list continues to grow each year.
We’ve released our Big Wild t-shirts across Canada and you can purchase them in stores or online at Mountain Equipment Co-op.
On Saturday March 23rd, 2013, at 8:30 pm, we celebrate Earth Hour. For one hour, people and businesses all over the world are turning off the lights, a symbolic recognition in support of action on climate change.
Turning off those light bulbs doesn’t mean ideas stop flowing. Gather a group of participants and put your heads together to brainstorm ideas on how you can protect the resources within your community. Ontario, think about how you can preserve the Eastern Woodlands; British Columbia, think about how you can help wildlife roam freely by protecting your natural wilderness corridors.