Climate Change

Our changing climate poses a severe threat to both human wellbeing and that of the many animals, plants and insects that inhabit our planet. The Sierra Club Canada Foundation works on both the national and the local level to reduce greenhouse gasses and to promote sustainable energy practices.

All Hands on Deck webinar - Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline

No one shares more Great Lakes coastline than neighboring Canada and Michigan.  For 67 years Michigan and Canada have also had in common a dangerous pipeline that transports oil through the Straits of Mackinac. The Straits divide Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan (they are actually one lake).  It’s turbulent waters, shipping hazards and poor conditions make the Straits the worst possible place in the Great Lakes for an oil pipeline rupture and Enbridge’s failures to exercise due care with Line 5 prompted Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to take action:  Line 5 is earmarked by the State of Michigan to go out of operation in May.


What are the facts about Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline and its environmental threats to the Great Lakes?  Why is Michigan acting with urgency to stop the flow of oil in the Straits of Mackinac?  Representatives from the Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, the Bay Mills Indian Community and the Oil & Water Don’t Mix campaign will join Sierra Club Canada’s All Hands on Deck for a conversation about Enbridge Line 5.

Rejoignez-nous et regardez votre effet papillon en action !

Il y a quelques semaines, j'ai vu mon premier papillon de la saison. Après un hiver au climat capricieux, et au milieu de la crise sanitaire actuelle, la vue de cette jolie petite créature - d’un orange flamboyant sur l'herbe morne du printemps, avec ses ailes qui battent doucement - a été un baume pour mes yeux et mon cœur. (Ce n’était pas un papillon monarque. Je suis toujours en train de faire des recherches - peut-être était-ce un papillon belle-dame (Vanessa cardui ?))

Devastating News About The Dead Right Whale

It's the saddest news 

We are heartbroken to learn that the dead right whale found off New Jersey this week is actually the first born calf of the 2019/2020 season, and was the very first calf of right whale #3560.

From initial observations, it appears this calf died as a result of propeller and trauma injuries from two separate vessel strikes. According to NOAA, the first injuries were to his head and chest, and the second – and likely fatal injury – was to his tail stock.

Bad Week

blog by Gretchen Fitzgerald

On Wednesday afternoon, we received the decision from the federal court that, while our case questioning the regulation exempting exploratory drilling from impact assessment was serious enough to warrant judicial review, the exemption itself could come into force even as we continue to pursue the case.

Join Us and Watch Your Butterfly Effect In Action!

A few weeks ago, I saw my first butterfly of the season. After a winter of erratic weather, and in the midst of this current health crisis, the sight of this beautiful little creature – its brilliant orange set ablaze against forlorn spring grass, with its wings gently fluttering – was a gift to my eyes and my heart. (It was not a Monarch. I’m still researching – perhaps it was a painted lady (Vanessa cardui?)

CEERP, Brampton’s Community Energy and Emissions Reduction Plan

By Rosemary Keenan, Chair Sierra Peel Group

On June 5, 2019 the City of Brampton Council responded to growing community concerns and declared a Climate Emergency. Since then the City has been accelerating development of a Community Energy and Emissions Reductions Plan (CEERP) designed to transform Brampton’s energy use and reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.

Let’s hold their feet to the fire! COP25 - not with a bang, but with a whimper

Megan at COP25

COP25, a conference that began with a flurry of media attention, ended December 15th after falling woefully short of expectations. The UN climate change conference was plagued with bad luck before it had even begun. Brazil had originally planned to hold COP25, but reversed its decision only two months after agreeing to host. Chile replaced Brazil as host, but withdrew with only a month left before the conference, after weeks of mass protests in response to inequality in the country.