The environment is often in the news, but rarely for positive reasons. However, a recent crowdfunding initiative in Canada managed to save a breathtaking inlet from being sold to private companies, which would have likely resulted in deforestation and other damaging consequences. Instead, the people of Canada stepped in and saved this natural resource, ensuring that both they and future generations can continue to enjoy its pristine beauty.
This is not the first time crowdfunding has come to the rescue in this way. In 2016, a beach in New Zealand was put up for sale, and a private buyer wanted to acquire it to make it a private entrance to the beach. However, the people of New Zealand came together and purchased the beach for approximately US$1.7 million, with around 40,000 donors. This purchase guarantees public access to the beach for years to come.
In Canada, something similar happened. The Princess Louisa Inlet was bought for US$3 million, securing around 2,000 acres of pristine natural beauty. This ensures the conservation of the area for the future, and the local parks foundation expressed their gratitude in a letter to the supporters for protecting this “jewel” on Canada’s coast.
As the parks foundation noted, Canada may not have the pyramids of Egypt or the cathedrals of France, the Great Wall of China, or the Statue of Liberty. However, what Canada does have is some of the most magnificent nature in the world, including beautiful lakes, breathtaking waterfalls, and snow-covered mountains.
Canada is truly a treasure that must be preserved, and it is wonderful to see how the people prioritize and take matters into their own hands to save what they care about. It would be fantastic to see this further supported by public policy, and hopefully, now that the people have shown what they want, the government will follow suit.
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