Canada 2041 A Sustainable Future

“How can we make Canada more sustainable by the year 2041?”

Physical Environment: Water (hydrosphere)

Intro: Fresh Water can be found in lakes, rivers, swamps, ponds, streams, glaciers, icebergs etc. Fresh water is a renewable resource, yet the world's supply of groundwater is decreasing. Water replenishes itself through rain, fresh water is renewable but, is it not infinite.

We are very dependent on freshwater, it is an essential to life. More than 100,000 species rely on freshwater ecosystems. The importance of clean and healthy freshwater ecosystems is mandatory for a thriving planet. Many freshwater animals are becoming endangered and their populations are decreasing because of freshwater becoming polluted and altered by dams. Some of the animals that are becoming endangered are the amazon river dolphin, freshwater turtle, snow leopard and Mekong giant freshwater fish.

Water is used for many things, it is used for farming, industry, and for home drinking, washing, and watering. Most of Fresh Water is used in farming and agriculture. Water is mostly found as a liquid, it can also be a gas (water vapor) or a solid (ice). Fresh water for drinking comes from rivers, lakes, creeks, and dams. 97.5% of water is salt water and 2.5% is freshwater. 70% of freshwater is frozen in polar ice-caps, 30% lies underground and less than 1% of freshwater is available for human consumption.

To extract water from the ground you have to pump it to the surface or by natural springs. There is a layer of rocks saturated with water, it is called aquifers. The groundwater located in aquifers is the most important sources of water on earth. 30% of our liquid freshwater is groundwater. The rest of liquid freshwater can be found at the surface of lakes, streams, rivers and wetlands. Most of the world’s freshwater is trapped in glaciers and icecaps. Freshwater can be found in a range of different rocks, but the most productive aquifer is found in porous, permeable rocks such as; sandstone or open cavities and caves of limestone aquifers. The problem is many of our most important aquifers are being over-pumped, thats a big problem because growing pressure on water resources – from population and economic growth, climate change, pollution, and other challenges; has major impacts on our social, economic, and environmental well-being.

Issues & Solution (Proposal)

Water is life, we use it for many different things on a daily basis. The potential impacts on water ecosystems are controlled by the provincial Water Act. We should update The Water Act and improve the water ecosystem protection as one of its priorities. The Water Act allows the province to restrict water use to protect water ecosystems there is nothing that actually ensures water is left in streams; fish and other water life, have no right to water and water can be taken from a stream or river essentially until it runs dry. Licence holders are allowed to remove water for domestic or industrial use. Which is why we should focus on updating The Water Act, so that things like this do not happen. There are 3 key changes we need to ensure so that water is left in our streams and rivers.

Firstly we need to start, control and manage ecosystem-based in stream flow standards for all streams in all watersheds. Secondly we need to change to a priority of water use distribution system, including the removal and restructuring of existing water licences to ensure minimum ecosystem flow standards are protected and priority of use can be applied. Lastly we need to Provide regional support for integrated watershed management and shared water governance. Improving the protection of water and water ecosystems is important. To be sustainable by the year 2041 we have to follow these steps to ensure we have safe and clean water.

Resources & Industry: impact environmental

Intro: Canada’s forests will be affected in a range of complex ways because of the changing climate. The rapid climate change Will affect tree growth rates, mortality rates, disturbance patterns and the distribution of tree species after disturbances. Impacts will be growing and interconnected, for example insect damage can increase the risk of wildland fires occurring; and drought can stress trees, making them more likely to be attacked by insects and disease. Due to recent climate changes Scientists have already documented changes in our forests

  • the major infestation by mountain pine beetle
  • increased fire activity in the western boreal forest
  • increased aspen dieback in the Prairies

Even the study of cyclic and seasonal natural occurrence of trees in Canada’s forests appears to be changing, with earlier arrival of spring weather and longer summers affecting the timing of dormancy, leafing out, flowering and seeding. If the pace of climate change accelerated or even continued as it is today scientists have suggested:

  • Forest composition may change, favoring those populations of tree species best able to adapt to new climate conditions and altered disturbance regimes. In some cases forests can be converted to grasslands.
  • Forest productivity may increase in some regions and decrease in others as rates of tree growth and tree mortality fluctuate.
  • Some habitats may disappear and some may shift northwards or to higher elevations.
  • Most areas may experience novel climate. This means that tree species may be increasingly adapted to new climate regimes and will therefore undergo stress.
  • Fire activity may increase, with the area burned each year potentially doubling by the end of this century.

One thing is clear, the future will not be like the past. If there are changes in the forest then that means there are changes for the society. To avoid this and make Canada more sustainable by the year 2041, we will have to follow Sustainable forest management in Canada which is supported by laws, regulations and policies; an accurate forest management planning process; and a science-based approach to decision-making, assessment and planning. Canada is a world leader in sustainable forest management. Canada has 9% of the world’s forests, which means that keeping them healthy contributes to global ecosystem health.

These laws will keep Canada sustainable:

  • set aside protected areas
  • protect wildlife
  • respect Aboriginal and treaty rights
  • specify harvesting and regeneration practices
  • prevent illegal logging in Canada and the import of illegal timber products into Canada

Canada is doing a good job keeping their forests sustainable as long as they keep this up, Canada will be sustainable by the year 2041

Livable Communities: Transportation

Intro: Transport Canada's vision is a transportation system in Canada that is recognized worldwide as safe and secure, efficient and environmentally responsible. There are some important issues I want to solve with Canada’s transportation. Starting with the bus stops. There is very little and poor lighting. Especially in the winter and autumn with the early darkness it is making young people who are traveling in a dangerous situation. With it being that dark how can you spot a trouble maker.

Secondly there is very little sitting area, most people have to stand or wait outside the stop because it is small and gets crowded. Also there is almost never a garbage can near the stops, which is why the stops are always surrounded by garbage and waste creating an unsanitary environment. The growth population is growing and so is the demand for better transportation. If we want transportation like buses and trains to be sustainable, we will have to solve these issues by 2041, because the demand for better transportation will only grow.

The first issue I want to solve is the lighting issue, many of their bus stops have very little or no lighting, I want to solve this problem by renovating the bus stops so that they have closed doors if so it is cold, also better lighting, enough, so that you can feel safe. To save money on the lighting we will add solar panels, it may be expensive at first but in the long run you save way more. The second issue I want to solve is the sitting area issue; I want to add more sitting area and a more spacious bus stop so that more people can wait in there, along with a garbage bin by every stop so people don’t throw there waste in and around the bus stop creating a more clean environment.

There is always these lineups outside transportation stations, which leads many to not take the transportation and rather take their own car. If we want transportation to be sustainable by 2041 we will have to solve this issue. Instead of having to line up to buy your ticket and waiting for your turn, I say there should be an app for every single transportation station, where you can book your ticket, print it at home and not have to deal with the station lineups. It can make a big difference, because nowadays everyone does everything from their technology, so I believe it would have a big impact and transportation will be sustainable by the year 2041.

This is my proposal as Youth Minister For A Sustainable Future for our future sustainability of Canada's physical environment, resource management, and livable communities by the year 2041.

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