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Impact in Canada

“The environment is so fundamental to our continued existence that it must transcend politics and become a central value of all members of society.”

- David Suzuki

Canada’s natural beauty is vast and diverse, from mountains and glaciers to secluded lakes, rivers and forests.  Spanning from sea to sea, from the Great Bear Rainforest to the Maritimes, across the Canadian Rockies and Prairies to central Canada, and up to the Northern Territories, Canada is a treasure to those who love nature.

With a national economy heavily reliant on natural resources, however, Canada’s environment is constantly under threat.  If not approached in a sustainable manner, the country’s major resource-based industries — including fishing, forestry, agriculture, oil and gas, and mining – can and do take their toll on the land, animals and people who live here.

Fortunately, a growing number of Canadians are inspired to face these challenges and are working to create a more hopeful future. 1% for the Planet is bringing businesses, nonprofits and individuals together to address environmental priorities in Canada.

Generous support from Mountain Equipment Coop amplifies 1% for the planet’s work in Canada.

Some of our key nonprofit partners in Canada include:

WATER

Aquatic ecosystems are an essential element of life not just in Canada.  Members of the 1% for the Planet network in Canada are working to meet a range of challenges to ensure that water ecosystems are healthy and that we have the water we need.

Ecology Action Centre: A Nova Scotia-based organization that works across a number of issue areas, including marine conservation, EAC works locally, nationally and internationally towards protecting the marine ecosystem and maintaining sustainable fisheries, which support vibrant coastal communities.

Georgia Strait Alliance:  Since 1990, GSA has been the only citizens group focused on protecting the marine environment in and around the whole Strait of Georgia – the place where most British Columbians live, work and play.  GSA works to protect marine life and its habitat; restore the region’s water and air quality; promote sustainable communities; and foster stewardship of the marine environment.

Trout Unlimited Canada: The mission of Trout Unlimited Canada is to conserve, protect and restore Canada’s freshwater ecosystems and their coldwater resources for current and future generations.  Their work includes stream restoration, scientific research and education.

LARGE SCALE HABITAT PROTECTION

Canada’s natural environment includes almost every type of ecosystem imaginable. These groups are among a number who are working to make sure we can appreciate the land and its inhabitants for generations to come:

Nature Conservancy of Canada – Conservation de la nature Canada: The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. NCC partners with individuals, corporations, other non-profit organizations and governments . Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to conserve more than 2.6 million acres (1 million hectares) of ecologically significant land from coast to coast.

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS): CPAWS is Canada’s voice for wilderness and a longstanding partner of member company MEC.  CPAWS works collaboratively with governments, local communities, industry and indigenous peoples to protect Canada’s amazing natural places. Since 1963, the organization has led in creating over two-thirds of Canada’s protected areas.

Ontario Nature: Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. The organization’s goals are to protect and restore nature in Ontario; to connect people with nature; to advocate on behalf of nature; and to educate the public on the importance of nature in all of our lives.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation:  Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by their research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia.  They use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and grassroots activism to further their conservation objectives through a unique approach they call ‘informed advocacy.’

SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEMS

Canada is one of the largest global agricultural producers and exporters, and has one of the world’s most valuable commercial fishing industries. Members of the 1% for the Planet network are working in myriad ways to ensure that production and consumption of food in Canada maintains and enhances the quality of land, air and water for future generations, and provides an adequate livelihood for the people working in those industries. Here are a few examples:

Canadian Organic Growers: Canadian Organic Growers (COG) is a national membership-based group whose mission is to lead local and national communities towards sustainable organic stewardship of land, food and fiber while respecting nature, upholding social justice and protecting natural resources.

Living Oceans Society: Since 2006, Living Oceans Society and their SeaChoice partners have helped shoppers and businesses make informed choices that support ocean-friendly seafood. They’ve been part of the push that’s bumped sustainable seafood from niche market status to holding a widely popular share of the seafood marketplace.

Sole Food Street Farms:  Sole Food transforms vacant urban land into street farms that grow artisan quality fruits and vegetables, available at farmer’s markets, local restaurants and retail outlets. Sole Food’s mission is to empower individuals with limited resources by providing jobs, agricultural training and inclusion in a supportive community of farmers and food lovers.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is arguably the most urgent problem facing our society.  1% for the Planet is partnering with a number of organizations working to raise awareness and find solutions, including these groups:

David Suzuki Foundation:  DSF collaborates with Canadians from all walks of life, including government and business, to conserve our environment and find solutions that will create a sustainable Canada through science-based research, education and policy work. DSF is developing a clean, renewable energy plan for Canada through the Trottier Energy Futures Project and also offer individuals resources on how to go carbon neutral at home and at work.

Canopy: With a keen understanding that business leaders can be powerful forces for environmental change, Canopy works with the forest industry’s biggest customers to craft sustainable purchasing guidelines, and with partners to develop permanent and systemic solutions that protect forests, species and climate.

The Pembina Foundation:  The Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education supports innovative environmental research and education initiatives to increase understanding within society of the way we produce and consume energy, the impact on the environment and the consequences for communities, as well as options for the more sustainable use of energy natural resources.

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