Grassroots Action

What makes the Sierra Club Canada Foundation so effective is our network of experts, partners and volunteers. Our chapters are engaged in many projects at the local level. Want to get involved? Contact our national office or your local chapter. If you have a dedicated group of members who want to lead their own projects within a region, you could start a Group. According to our organization's policy: Groups may be formed by any three or more members who wish to be active in their local community or within a larger geographic area, in relation to a particular conservation issue or issues, with the intention that the group exist on an ongoing basis. Otherwise, more time-limited local issues are to be managed within the auspices of the Chapter, or if none exists, then in co- operation with program staff working at the national level.

OPEN LETTER on Bill C-69 and the Role of Offshore Petroleum Boards

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.

 

Provincial Highway Threatens Rare Native Grassland Ecosystem

Written by Warrick Baijius, Endangered Grassland Alliance

Saskatoon, SK, is a vibrant and growing prairie city within an agricultural landscape. But in and around Saskatoon there are some enchanting and ever-changing natural sites, gems that provide a glimpse into pre-settlement landscapes. These areas include complex and diverse combinations of native plant and animal communities, housed and fed in a mosaic of diverse habitats influenced by erosion, grazing, and fire. Some of these areas have fescue and mixed grassland prairie —globally the most threatened ecosystem, and regionally an increasingly rare occurrence (at 5% of original extent for fescue, and 9% to 15% for mixed).

Wild Child Spring Programming Was a Huge Success! Big Thanks to All Our Participants!

Picture this:
There is a group of fifteen five year old kids exploring a nearby forest. They are wandering around, digging holes, walking on logs, listening for birds - even stopping to look at rabbit droppings! With a magnifying glass in hand, these nature detectives are on the hunt to discover all the hidden treasures nature has to offer.

This is a typical day for our participants at our Wild Child Nature Immersion Program. 

               

Call for 2019 Board Nominations

The Foundation and its Mission

Sierra Club Canada Foundation (SCCF) is a registered charity whose mission is to be a voice for the earth. We work to protect and preserve the natural environment and to empower people to be stewards of the earth in their communities.  Since 1971, the SCCF has funded tens of millions of dollars’ worth of important work, from small local projects to large, multi-year campaigns with many volunteers, organizers, and scientists.

Radioactive Waste: Unacceptable Burdens on Future Generations

In 2015 the Harper Government gave five corporations based in the U.K., U.S. and Canada a 10-year contract to find fast and cheap ways to dispose of the federal government’s own radioactive waste. The corporations are proposing to build a massive above-ground radioactive waste mound at Chalk River, Ontario; and to convert federal nuclear reactors in Rolphton, Ontario and Pinawa, Manitoba into concrete tombs.

PowerShift: Young and Rising is coming to Ottawa!

PowerShift: Young and Rising is coming to Ottawa. From Thursday, February 14th to Monday, February 18, 2019
PowerShift: Young and Rising is coming to Ottawa. From Thursday, February 14th to Monday, February 18, 2019, this four-day climate event will host workshops, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and performances, all in pursuit of young people tackling and solving the climate crisis. They ask, "We are the generation that has the power to counter the damage done, and build the future we know is possible. Will you rise with us?"

Help Save Sable Island.

One of Canada’s and the world’s most pristine places has been put on the bidding block for oil drilling and seismic blasting.

That place is Sable Island.

It is a place of magic and myth. It looms large in our minds as an iconic symbol of all that is wild and beautiful and untouchable.

It is home to wild horses, grey seals, and birds and species unique to just this island.