407 ETR commits its largest environmental donation to date to help today’s youth become future conservation leaders with the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
In early June, air quality in Toronto became one of the worst in the world as wildfires in Quebec raged. So far this year, 5.5 million hectares of area, which is just shy of the size of the Philippines, has been burned by wildfires in Canada according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC). The summer season has just begun, and there are over 400 active wildfires in Canada.
The world is facing a climate and biodiversity crisis. As the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss are felt, young Canadians are acutely aware of the need for strong action for nature and climate — and their voices are as powerful as the crises.
According to a survey from Learning for a Sustainable Future (LSF), 69 per cent of respondents reported that, “the work and voices of young people can inspire important climate action.”
To help prepare the next generation of environmental leaders to address climate change and biodiversity loss, 407 ETR is announcing its largest environmental donation to date to the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Conservation Intern program in Ontario.
We know that today’s interns are tomorrow’s leaders and we’re proud to be investing in these young professionals at NCC who are driving conservation and building a more sustainable planet.– Javier Tamargo
“In order to address the immediate and longer-term challenges related to climate change and biodiversity loss, we need exceptional leadership,” says Javier Tamargo, President and CEO at 407 ETR. “We know that today’s interns are tomorrow’s leaders and we’re proud to be investing in these young professionals at NCC who are driving conservation and building a more sustainable planet.”
NCC seeks solutions to the twin crises of rapid biodiversity loss and climate change through large-scale, permanent land conservation.
Acting today for a better tomorrow
Through NCC’s Conservation Intern Program, 22 interns will help restore habitats across Ontario to support biodiversity including pollinators, plants, mammals, and birds. They will also take part in efforts to control invasive species such as phragmites — one of Canada’s worst invasive species and engage with local communities through outreach and volunteer events.
Working with species at risk and protecting sensitive habitat is important to me.– Misha Golin
“I’m excited to get to work at Happy Valley Forest just north of Toronto,” says Misha Golin, Conservation and Trail Technician at NCC. “I’ll have the opportunity to interact with local community members that walk the trails and teach them about nature and how to participate in stewardship. Working with species at risk and protecting sensitive habitat is important to me, so I’m honoured to contribute to conserving an old-growth forest in the making.”
President & CEO, 407 ETR
At 407 ETR, we’re passionate about connecting people and businesses to communities across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and we’re ever more conscious of our impact from an ESG perspective. Our 2022 ESG Report demonstrates the important progress we have made towards increasing our transparency and accountability, not only to our shareholders but to our customers, employees and the communities– Javier Tamargo
The Better Road
Learn more at 407etr.com/esgreporting.