Sources of Knowledge Forum Announces
Free Admission to Sunday Events for NBP Residents

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Submitted by Moira Parker, Sources of Knowledge Board 

Sources of Knowledge invites everyone to the April 28-30, 2023 Forum, which will take place at the Parks Canada Visitor Centre. This exciting event that will explore the topic of biodiversity, following the United Nations Convention of the Parties on Biodiversity meetings in Montreal in December 2022. With Canada’s leading role in forging the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, committing countries to protect 30% of land and oceans by 2030, the timing is perfect to focus on this important issue.

Photo Credit: Moira Parker Photo: A Calypso Orchid found in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

But why is biodiversity so crucial? It is the variety of all living things on Earth, from bats to cattails, bears to humans, caribou to orchids. Every species has a vital role to play in helping ecosystems thrive, but this precious biodiversity is under serious threat. The number of animals on Earth has decreased by half in the last 50 years, and up to one million species are currently on the brink of extinction. Scientists warn that we are witnessing the sixth mass extinction on our planet, the first to be entirely caused by human activities.

The Forum program is designed to address several learning and action objectives. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about biodiversity and the importance of the United Nations COP15 agreement. Indigenous conservation leadership will be central to the discussion, as we examine the potential of combining Indigenous and Western science to fight the twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, strengthen our relationships with Indigenous communities, and build a better future for everyone. We will also explore how vital the Saugeen Peninsula is to Great Lakes-wide biodiversity, hear about important efforts already underway by government and local groups, and learn how we can take action.

Photo Credit: John Defayette Photo: A snapping turtle taken in Bruce Peninsula National Park.

We are pleased to offer free admission to Sunday’s events for residents of the Northern Bruce Peninsula, as part of our commitment to engaging and involving the local community in this important conversation about biodiversity. This is a fantastic opportunity for our neighbours to learn about the vital role of biodiversity and the actions we can take to protect it. We hope that many residents will take advantage of this offer and join us for what promises to be an informative and engaging day. 

To read more about biodiversity and register for the forum, visit our website www.sourcesofknowledge.ca or send us an email info@sourcesofknowledge.ca