Programs

Sierra Club Canada Foundation operates programs that reflect the ongoing concerns and priorities of our members and supporters.

TAKE ACTION - Ministers, You Need to Get BP Out of Canada's Marine Refuge

In June of this year, the offshore petroleum board for Newfoundland and Labrador issued a "fire sale" Call for Bids for 4 million hectares of ocean space off Newfoundland.

Oil companies wanting to bid were reassured that, thanks to Canada’s attempts at deregulation, they would not even have to bother with an environmental impact assessment before drilling. A loophole created by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change a mere seven days earlier had relieved them of this duty.

New nuclear is NOT part of the path to net zero.

No plan that gets us to net zero in a reasonable time frame includes new nuclear reactors. Nuclear is far too slow and expensive to deal with the climate emergency.

Just like fossil fuel energy, nuclear produces wastes that pose unacceptable health hazards and economic costs. Radioactive wastes from nuclear power plants have been piling up for over 70 years. Canada still has no long-term strategy to deal with either nuclear or fossil fuel wastes.   

No More Big Polluter Handouts - Canada Needs a Green and Just Recovery

In the post-Throne Speech time between now and the Fall fiscal update, the federal government can give the Canadian economy a multi-billion-dollar kick-start in an effort to recover from the COVID-19 health crisis. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to invest in a Green Recovery - a sustainable stimulus package focused on increasing employment and helping Canada transition to a cleaner and more equitable economy.

Letters Being Accepted on Inadequate Draft Right Whale Action Plan - Deadline August 9

The clock is ticking. We have until August 9th to comment on the draft Action Plan for the recovery of the North Atlantic Right whale, a document that outlines and prioritizes actions the federal government will take to protect this species.

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Without strong commitments, the North Atlantic right whale is on track to extinction.

Take Action - Stop Plastic Pollution In Its Tracks

Sierra Club Ontario is working with Chapters around the Great Lakes to tackle plastic pollution by encouraging members to take the Plastic-Free July Challenge.

Today, they need your help in ensuring our federal government steps up to the plate on plastics.

The federal government estimates that preventing plastic pollution can save $500 million a year, and create tens of thousands of jobs. 

As we rebuild after COVID, wouldn't it be great to create a truly circular economy with respect to plastics?

Atlantic Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator

We're Hiring

POSITION

Sierra Club Atlantic Chapter is seeking an outgoing, engaging, and goal-oriented individual to help with volunteer and membership recruitment this summer.

The position will involve working closely with our programs and volunteers, organizing and attending online events to educate the public about our mandate, activities, and to recruit volunteers and members for Sierra Club Canada Foundation. 

Take Action - NO Exemption for Exploratory Drilling from Impact Assessment

If you read the secret memo from the oil lobby to Canada’s government closely, one of the things the oil and gas industry wants under cover of the COVID-19 pandemic is an exemption for exploratory drilling from impact assessment.

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Right now, nine projects - potentially drillling 144 exploration wells - are on the books to start off Eastern Newfoundland. These projects will immediately get approved if this gift to the oil industry is granted.

No Big Oil Bailout When Canadians Need It More

Oil and gas companies want to use the COVID-19 emergency to receive a $15 Billion bailout – and our tax dollars could be put in their pockets in a matter of days.

This money should to go to workers, families, vulnerable communities – not the companies that will keep us from tackling the climate emergency.

We need to maximize resources for Indigenous communities and those hardest hit by this crisis: our health care workers and scientists, and those providing much-needed services like food systems and community programs for lower income households.