This spring, WWF-Canada is inviting Canadians to share their best ideas for getting their community more involved in helping nature thrive. The top five ideas will be awarded a micro-grant of up to $1,000 to help bring their idea to life.
From March 5 to April 15, Canadians from coast-to-coast, from eight to 80-years-old, are invited to Go Wild with WWF-Canada for a chance to win recognition and cash. All you have to do is apply online and tell us what YOU would do to connect people and nature in your community.
Did you know?
- Canadians spend over 90 per cent of their time indoors
- 8 in 10 Canadians live in an urban area
- 85 per cent of Canadians worry that the natural areas we enjoy today will not be here for their children or grandchildren
- Nearly 90 per cent of Canadians say they feel happier when they are connected to nature*
Here are some fun ideas from WWF staff, to get your own ideas flowing:
“To get my friends engaged in the watershed they live in, I’d like to take them fishing in the Rouge River, near Toronto’s downtown. There’s an impressive diversity of native fish species in this urban river. While we’re at it, I’ll ask them to help me take some water and bug samples to include in WWF’s Freshwater Health Assessment!”
– James Snider, Acting Freshwater Director, WWF-Canada
“People in Vancouver are always surprised to hear that one of the significant threats to whales in the Salish Sea is underwater noise from passing ships and boats. I’d like to set up an underwater microphone in the habitat of endangered orcas that is linked to a public institution to broadcast underwater sounds live. This would allow the public to appreciate how orcas communicate and how noise pollution affects them, and encourage them to think more about ways to help the whales in our region.”
– Hussein Alidina, Senior Officer, Marine Science & Planning, WWF-Canada.
With Go Wild, WWF-Canada is looking for the most innovative and interesting ideas for connecting people to nature in their community. Go Wild will support creative, action-oriented projects that are tailored to their community. Winning ideas may inspire actions to celebrate nature, or generate solutions to challenges that threaten nature, and might even involve training community members in monitoring the health of their local ecosystem.
Winners will be announced on May 15, 2015.
Visit wwf.ca/gowild for more information, criteria details for your ideas and the online submission form.
Join the conversation online and follow the latest news, submissions and photos via Twitter and Instagram at #WWFGOWILD.
*References from Canadian Parks Council (2014) and Ipsos Reid (2011)