…Growing up in a small town in Northern Quebec, the forest was my backyard and playground. I realized my own life mission as an environmental activist when at age five I climbed a tree to protect my backyard forest from developers. …Nature is core to Canadians’ identity; it’s what we are known for around the world and it is a source of national pride. …So, it is fitting that, this December, Canada will host the largest United Nations Biodiversity Conference in a generation to tackle the serious challenges facing the natural world. Our mission is guided by progress, protection and partnership. Called COP15, this meeting will see thousands of foreign delegates from 196 countries gathering in Montreal to make new commitments on the protection of nature and species at risk worldwide. …Nature is part of who we are. It’s under threat. Let’s save nature so it can save us.