Sustainability

In order to preserve our planet, we need to learn to live in harmony with nature. On both the national and the local level, the Sierra Club Canada Foundation is engaged in promoting ways to live in a sustainable fashion.

Canada's Prairie Pothole Region

The Canadian Prairie Pothole Region (PPR) encompasses 467,000km² of wetland and grassland area stretching from Alberta’s Rocky Mountain foothills to Manitoba’s Red River Valley. The appearance of these ‘pothole’ structured wetlands, were formed by the movement of glaciers across North America, where the ice melted into the pools that are now the potholes wetlands we have today. The formation of the pothole region took tens of thousands of years during the Wisconsin glaciation period.

Now hiring: Indigenous Environmental Researcher in NAN Territory

We are offering the following short term position

Indigenous Environmental Researcher in Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Territory

Start Date: June 21, 2021

Remuneration: $ 18 hour plus cell phone/internet reimbursement of $60 month

Hours: 23 hours / week for 9 weeks

Location: Ontario, principally working from home, with preference for those in Thunder Bay - Lake Superior area to facilitate travel within NAN territory as needed.

50 Days of Action

As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary, we want you to join with us and Club members across the country in pushing for change. We are asking you to join us wherever you live to be a part of 50 Days of Action, and take tangible steps to protect, restore and enjoy a safe and healthy environment.

All Hands on Deck Webinar Series - Marine protected areas and beyond: setting sail for a sustainable ocean

The ocean unites our world in a profound way – and yet, it faces more threats today than ever before in history. All around the world, the need to protect the ocean is clear, from the United Nations to right here in Canada. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are an important tool for conservation, protecting biodiversity and habitats from harmful human activities; but, there are some ocean goals that MPAs cannot help us reach. As we strive to protect 30% of Canada’s ocean by 2030, we must look beyond MPAs to see the bigger picture of the ocean and how we use them. Setting sail for ocean sustainability won’t be an easy task, and will need our governments, ocean industries, and coastal communities to pull together toward a common goal. We might be aiming for 30 by 30, but the real ambition should be 100% of the ocean sustainably managed for all. This webinar gives an introduction to MPAs in Canada and explores the different pathways we can take to a healthy ocean now and into the future. 

Our speaker is Julie Reimer, Julie is a PhD Candidate (Geography) at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research explores marine spatial planning and area-based ocean management as a pathway toward conservation and sustainability goals. She holds a Master of Marine Management and a Bachelor of Science in biology, and brings this interdisciplinary lens to her work with multiple environmental non-profits in Canada. Julie has been recognized as a leader in organizational governance and science-based conservation advocacy. Julie currently serves as President of Sierra Club Canada Foundation Board of Directors.

Join us for webinar & discussion on sustainable oceans

Webinar: Marine protected areas and beyond: setting sail for a sustainable ocean
When: Thursday, January 28, 2021 for 30-40 minutes starting 7:30pm Atlantic time/ 6:30pm Eastern time/ and so on...

Join us for the latest installment of our All Hands On Deck webinar series. A series intended to showcase the diversity of issues and solutions as we come together to deal with the environmental and social challenges of our time.

Ajax and Durham Councils Support Protection of Carruthers Creek Headwaters

July 29, 2020, an important victory was won for the protection of the headwaters of Carruthers Creek. The Durham Regional Council, acting in response to an earlier motion by the Town of Ajax, and many residents, opposed a request by the City of Pickering to urbanize these lands through the imposition of a Ministerial Zoning Order. (MZO)

Plastic Free July Wrap Up - What’s Next?

As July has come to an end, I want to thank everyone who joined Sierra Club and thousands across the Great Lakes, for the Plastic Free July Challenge. We had a great month administering the challenge and I hope those who participated enjoyed it.

Thirty-one days of refusing, reducing and reusing. Thirty-one days of activities and action against plastic pollution in Canada.

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 ?))

Proposed Amendment 1: The Latest Strategy to Gut Provincial Planning

Although inconspicuously described as “Amendment Number I to the Ontario Growth Plan”, its impact if approved would be catastrophic. Amendment No. 1, would neuter the thrust of provincially directed land use planning, since it began to have an impact in a document entitled “Design for Development” (1966). It was also described as the Toronto Centred Region Plan.

Take the Plastic Free July Challenge!

By Dr. Lino Grima
Chair, Ontario Chapter

We all know how big a problem plastic pollution is – and it has not gone away while we’ve been trying to stop the spread of COVID-19.

This is why we invite you to join the Plastic Free July Challenge, a series of activities and actions being organized by the Sierra Club Ontario and the Great Lakes Forums’ Plastic Pollution Team.

Reducing plastic pollution will generate savings for businesses, towns, and governments, and generate tens of thousands of new jobs in Canada - a great way to build back better after COVID.

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.

Your $10 Can Save 400 Whales

At this very moment, whale mother and calf pairs are heading north to their Canadian home waters.

It’s a perilous time for them, both for the journey north itself, and for what awaits them when they arrive in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Right whales are on the brink. Sierra Club Canada Foundation has been at the forefront in the fight to protect them. We know when proper measures are put in place, whales are protected and fewer whales will die. You can help save the 400 remaining right whales.

We can’t have another summer of losses like we did last year.