My opinion and feelings on cases like this is one are disappointed.
It is saddening to see that big companies and projects mostly do it to make a
buck and they do not care about the impact it will have on the environment. This
SARA was created like I said in 2002 in the intent for it was great but no one
was enforcing it so species continue to be put on the list or go extinct. It is
frustrating to me and to everyone who is trying to make the government enforce
a law that they created.
Now talking about the legal outcome and benefits if the case
were to win. SARA would be able to help all of Canadas endangered species survive
and recover. These species that were trying to protect all have a role in the
ecosystem. They help “purify our air, clean our water and remove excess carbon
from the atmosphere”. So protecting the endangered species is protecting our environment.
As it is said this law is great on paper but it is not being implemented or
forced so were allowing species to go extinct.
SARA has not shown its full potential since coming into
effect. 2012 “ecojustice released failure to protect: grading Canada’s species
at risk law”. Looking back on the many years that this law has been in effect
there has been many things wrong with the execution of this act. Federal and
provincial governments are letting species go extinct. Ecojustice is determined
to bring this law back into the light and start making all companies and
governments obey this act.
Some background on why Ecojustice is involved they pressed
hard for Parliament to make SARA because a good, national endangered species
law that focuses on the security of critical habitat is the best way to protect
the environments biodiversity. The loss of species habitat is the main cause of
decrease for over 80% of Canada’s at-risk species. And with major industrial
projects that companies are coming up with including this pipeline and tanker
The mission of this case is the force the federal government
to put the SARA into action and not keep dismissing these at risk species and
have more funding put into it so that every species on that list can be
protected and not before driven to extinction because human kind of not having
a very good impact on the earth. I chose this act because it something I feel
really strongly about because just like we learn in school everything connects
human, animals and the earth and it ecosystem we all need work together not against
because that is what we are doing.
The case I will be writing about is species at risk act
implementation, it is an ongoing case. This case is about trying to get the
SARA (species at risk act) created on December 12, 2002 to do what it was envisioned
which is defend at risk wildlife from elimination. In 2014 Ecojustice lawyers
went to court to get the federal government to come up with strategies to
salvage and protect for four at-risk species living along Enbridge’s proposed
Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker route. “Delaying recovery strategies makes
it easier for industrial projects to speed through regulatory review without a
full understanding of the long-term impacts on wildlife species and their
habitat.” As of January 2014 there has been 162 recovery strategies that have
not been dealt with. SARA is very much underfunded and is said to need 40 million
dollars per year for 5 years for execution of all recovery approaches. In this
case they talk about another that are fighting for the same thing “Defending
species at risk from the Northern Gateway pipeline” these are the four species
at risk the Nechako white sturgeon, southern mountain caribou, marbled murrelet
and Pacific humpback whales. Manufacture and procedure of this Northern Gateway
project would have severe negative impacts on all four species and would
threaten their habitat because this is where the pipeline and shipping route
are going to be. This case was effective and they have begun creating recovery
strategies for the 4 and now here’s hoping the success will follow for the species
at risk at implementation case.