On June 5, World Environment Day will take place. The event was created by the United Nations and is celebrated each year in more than 100 countries. This year, Montréal was designated North American Capital of the day, whose theme this year is biodiversity.
Program of events
A virtual event
Activating human potential in favour of biodiversity
How can we better understand human potential in order to preserve biodiversity, get closer to nature and orient our future actions? A virtual event organized by Space for Life in collaboration with the U.N. Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to reflect on and imagine the future of our planet, as well as cohabitation among species of which the human is part.
A virtual concert
Canadian artist and environmentalist Rebecca Foon will give a free online concert with other artists from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Rebecca Foon is a cellist, singer and composer who lives in Montreal and New York City.
Montréal’s commitments in favour of biodiversity
Monarch butterflies: An endangered species
Montréal is mobilizing for the survival of monarchs, an endangered species.
The aim of this participatory science program is to collect data on monarchs’ distribution and total numbers, as well as of milkweed, a plant that is essential to monarchs’ survival. This knowledge will help identify monarchs’ essential reproduction habitats and implement effective conservation measures. Participants will simply locate milkweed plants, verify that monarch caterpillars are present and share their observations.
An oasis for monarchs
Are you passionate about butterflies — especially monarchs? Create an attractive oasis for these superb migrators by growing milkweed and nectar-producing plants. Your garden will become a perfect place to watch these flamboyant butterflies, while you help protect a migration phenomenon which is unique in all the world — and which unfortunately is in decline.
Montréal’s monarch pledge
Montréal is the first city in Québec to have signed a commitment to save monarchs. We encourage mayors across the province and the country to make the same commitment. More than 270 cities in Mexico, the United States and Canada are participating in this important project.
As a resident, contact your municipality and encourage its leaders to participate in the “Mayors’ Monarch Pledge” program.
Montréal’s large parks: Ecosystems to protect
In a highly urbanized area like Montréal, large parks are the guardians of plant and animal biodiversity. This biodiversity represents tremendous collective wealth that contributes to our resilience to climate change.
Our management of fragile ecosytems helps us maintain the proper balance between public access and protecting these environments.
The efforts that Montréal has made to protect biodiversity in its large parks for the past 25 years were recently recognized by a 2020 Biodiversity Sector award from the Réseau Environnement de Montréal.