Wildfire emergency

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PAOV — Over 510 active fires are burning across Canada. This is the worst wildfire season on record, with climate change impacting the frequency and intensity of extreme weather and higher temperatures. Petition starter Jennifer is calling on the federal government to declare a national state of emergency. Join Jennifer by signing the petition now.

Declare State of Emergency in Canada for Wildfires

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As a concerned citizen, I am deeply troubled by the devastating impact of wildfires that have been ravaging our beautiful country. It is with great urgency and a heavy heart that I call upon the Canadian government to declare a state of emergency to address this escalating crisis.

Personal Story:
Growing up in Canada, I have always cherished our vast forests, pristine lakes, and breathtaking landscapes. However, recent years have witnessed an alarming increase in the frequency and intensity of wildfires across the nation. These fires not only pose immediate threats to human lives but also cause irreparable damage to our environment, wildlife habitats, and communities.

Facts and Statistics:
1. According to Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), wildfire activity has significantly increased over the past few decades due to climate change.
2. In 2021 alone, more than 3 million hectares of land have already been consumed by wildfires across multiple provinces.
3. The cost associated with firefighting efforts has skyrocketed in recent years; NRCAN estimates that wildfire management costs exceeded $1 billion annually between 2016-2019.
4. Health risks from smoke inhalation during wildfires are well-documented; fine particulate matter (PM2.5) released during these events can cause respiratory issues and exacerbate existing health conditions.

Call for Action:
By declaring a state of emergency for wildfires in Canada, we can mobilize additional resources and implement urgent measures to combat this crisis effectively:
1. Allocate increased funding towards wildfire prevention strategies such as controlled burns, early detection systems, and improved forest management practices.
2. Enhance support for affected communities by providing financial aid for evacuation efforts, temporary shelters, mental health services for survivors,
and post-fire recovery programs.
3. Collaborate with international partners who possess expertise in combating large-scale wildfires through knowledge sharing initiatives.
4. Implement stricter regulations and penalties for activities that may contribute to the ignition of wildfires, such as careless campfire use or improper disposal of cigarette butts.

By taking immediate action and declaring a state of emergency, we can demonstrate our commitment to protecting our environment, wildlife, and fellow Canadians. Together, we can mitigate the devastating impact of wildfires and build a more resilient future for generations to come.

Sign this petition today to urge the Canadian government to declare a state of emergency for wildfires in Canada. Let us unite in safeguarding our nation’s natural treasures and ensuring the safety and well-being of all Canadians.

- Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN)
- Government of Canada: Wildfires - Current Situation
- World Health Organization (WHO): Health risks from smoke exposure from forest fires

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