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Spanning 725 kilometers from Niagara to Tobermory, the 450 million year old Niagara Escarpment is one of Canada’s most pristine ecological features. But, it’s under continued pressure from developers and urban encroachment, which threaten to rip into the massive geological rock formation and disturb the nature that lives there. For GreenHero singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer, who grew up with the Escarpment as her backyard, sitting idly wasn’t an option.

Sarah Harmer was fueled to co-found PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) to stop the destruction of her hometown landscapes. Growing up in Burlington, Ontario beside Mount Nemo, Sarah took a lot of these natural features for granted.

But, here in the UNESCO world heritage Niagara Escarpment, exists a diverse ecosystem and habitat for over 300 species of birds, 55 mammals, 36 reptiles and amphibians, 90 fish, and 100 varieties of flora, which are threatened by ecosystem destruction. Already the Escarpment was being gouged, but with a recent proposal to remove 200 more acres from Mount Nemo, Sarah raised her voice to prevent an irreplaceable loss of wildlife and landscapes.

Her move to act is not a lone battle; wars like these are being waged across the globe – in our backyards too. Ancient forests, wetlands and valleys are irreplaceable once they are lost, so we must act to keep them alive. Currently, PERL is scheduled to stand before the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) to stop the proposed quarry from moving forward. Stay tuned for details on the OMB case, and learn how you can take action to protect the environment in your own backyard.

“It’s amazing what starts to open up as soon as you crack the door open a little bit. There’s so many things to do, there’s so many ways to help the environment. It could be right in your backyard, as it was in mine.”

– Sarah Harmer

Watch for both Sarah Harmer’s and PERL’s Elaine LaChappelle’s guest blog coming soon.

You can watch Sarah’s own GreenHero profile video to learn more about her inspiring work in her own backyard. To learn more about PERL and its various campaigns and initiatives, and to take action yourself, visit the In My Backyard campaign page. Don’t forget to leave a comment on Sarah’s profile and on the campaign page!

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