These days, I feel that it simply isn't enough to profess good values, hoping that your good intentions will eventually be realized in the real world.
For instance, I'm sure you're just as aware as I am, that we are living in the midst of an unprecedented man-made extinction event, a stunning loss of biodiversity, and that every decision we make on a governmental and cultural level from here on out is crucial.
But what good are these (admittedly admirable) values if we don't act on them? At the end of the day, if we hope to preserve these values and everything they stand for as this tumultuous century rolls on, we need to invest in them — in a real, tangible way.
The following articles illustrate some of the ways Plenty Canada is attempting to manifest our vision on a local and international level, but this is just a sampling of the broad range of work with which we are engaged. I'm very proud to say that our current roster of projects is filled with initiatives of a similar nature. For instance, you might be aware at this point that we will soon be expanding our Healing Garden project in partnership with the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Forests Ontario, therebycreating additional physical, symbolic, and long-lasting legacy spaces for communicating Indigenous cultural and environmental values.
We have also vowed to continue our other biodiversity projects, such as our partnership with the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Network, our Indigenous cultural mapping work, our sustainable forestry commitments, and our work educating the public on invasive species. It can be quite hectic sometimes, working on so many different things at once, but it's necessary if we want to truly live up to our mandate.
Not to be too presumptuous, but I hope that you, dear reader, feel that we have lived up to our mandate and that you feel that our organization is worthy of your investment. As a carbon negative organization, we've tried our best to live up to our values in every way possible. I hope that, if you choose to support us with your time or money, you feel that your own values are being respected and reinforced.
Regardless, whether you are a first time reader of this newsletter or a long-time friend of PlentyCanada, I thank you once again for taking some time to give our Contact newsletter a read. I hope you enjoy! And, as the year rolls on, I hope you stick around to see how the projects we've invested in continue to blossom.
Chi Miigwech. Niá:wen. Merci. Thank you.