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.
Two major environmental victories have taken place recently, derailing important parts of the war on the environment. Both victories saved programs to plant trees. Trees are critical to rescuing Lake Erie from massive algae blooms brought on by the twin evils of deforestation and phosphorus pollution.
When the Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca, announced the termination of an environmental assessment for the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) West Corridor in December of 2015, those who cherish the earth in Ontario gave a great sigh of relief. The proposed 50 kilometer-long expressway planned to slash through entirely environmental and agricultural zones, much of which is protected by the Greenbelt. The plan was a salt tipped dagger on Lake Ontario.
June 13, 2019
Dear Ministers McKenna, Sohi, and Wilkinson,
The new Impact Assessment Act, Bill C69, will make environmental assessments for offshore oil and gas activities in Atlantic Canada have even less credibility than they do now.
The draft amendments to the bill introduced in the House of Commons on June 12 will allow offshore petroleum boards to chair review panels that will assess offshore oil and gas projects.
On April 16, 2019 Alberta joins the rest of the Prairie provinces with a majority conservative government.
In light of a polarizing campaign putting the environment at odds with economic development, the questions begs, how do move forward together?
By David Poch, Green Energy Coalition
On March 21st Ontario Minister of Energy, Greg Rickford, released Bill 87, entitled Fixing the Hydro Mess. But rather than sustainably reducing consumer bills in Ontario it will enlarge the economic and environmental mess that past energy policies are visiting on the province.
On Monday, February 25th, we will be in court arguing that the licence to drill in the Gulf of St. Lawrence is illegal.
You get us to the highest courts so we can fight to protect the world's most endangered whales.
You demand protections for our irreplaceable Great Lakes.
You fiercely call for a ban of pesticides that are killing bees and other pollinators so critical to the functioning of our ecosystems.
It is our turn to thank you.
Before we publicly launch our Giving Tuesday message this week, we wanted to send you an advanced notice to participate. (We know there were quite a number of folks disappointed last year when we ran out.)
Because of your support and strong commitment to the environment, we were able to take on some very challenging campaigns this year:
"Let's change our national motto - "From sea to sea" forgets that we have three oceans; the Arctic is largest part of our coastline. We're an ocean nation, if our youth grow up knowing that, it will change how we do things... 'From sea to sea to sea'!" - Geoff Green, Executive Director and Founder of Students on Ice
From coast to coast, Sierra Club Canada Foundation staff and volunteers in all 5 of our Chapters have worked hard for years, campaigning to protect endangered Blue Whales in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, to ban the use of bee killing neonicotinoid pesticides, to create a national climate change action plan and to expand green space in and around our cities.
It’s that time of year when many of us are thinking about home improvements and ways to save on upcoming heating costs while reducing our carbon footprint.
Why do the vast majority of houses have a lawn in the front and backyard? Sure, they're nice to walk on but who doesn't bemoan the weekly ritual of mowing and other care required to keep that lawn green?
This blog is Part IV of a 5-part blog series, as part of our Biodiversity Video Campaign.
"Forests, wetlands and the watersheds they strengthen, are essential players in biodiversity and not only offer us a natural water filtration system, but are essential to the health of the natural environment."
The success of ecosystems of any shape, size or type depends on the health of the resources that it relies upon.
This blog is Part III of a 5-part blog series, as part of our Biodiversity Video Campaign.
"Pollinators are responsible for an estimated one out of three bites of food that people eat, which is worth billions of dollars to the North American economy."
The decline of the monarch butterfly and bee population has been a focal point of many conservationists and environmental groups over the past two decades.