In the 1880s, colonial settlers rendered the North American bison population almost completely extinct. By 1884, there were less than 400 bison left. Since then, efforts have been made to reintroduce bison to their traditional grazing lands, but the North American bison is far from restored to its former glory.
As COVID-19 put the world on pause, a decreased demand for oil sent prices plummeting, spelling disaster for the future of Alberta’s oil sands. The province continues to deal with a worsening economy and the impacts of climate change, and climate activists say a green transition might be the solution Albertans need.