Climate Change

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.

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?"

Your Gift Can Help Save Baby Blues - And We're Going Back To Court To Do It!

And we're going back to court to protect them!

In just a few weeks, I return to the courtroom with our legal team to fight a final phase of a court challenge to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Our first appearance last December was to simply be given “standing”, (meaning a judge would first have to decide if we could even be heard in the larger, future battle to fight the re-issuance of an oil company’s licence that had expired.) And we won that one!

Celebrate Gretchen's Important Work With a Gift In Her Honour - December 2018

Gretchen Fitzgerald, our senior staff director, is celebrating a birthday.

Beyond her responsibilities leading Sierra Club – from media interviews at all hours, to racing to coalition meetings, to being our well-informed voice to the public – Gretchen is quietly out there on Facebook trying to raise funds for Sierra Club Canada Foundation on the occasion of her birthday this month.

But we want to surprise her with something special.

Giving Tuesday Dizolve Laundry Eco-strips and Sierra Quarter-Zip Top November 27 2018

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.

Plastics: Shallow Politics. Deep Concerns.

Shallow Politics. Deep Concerns.

by Becky Bassick & Lino Grima

Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Ontario Chapter

Ontario's 42nd general election is scheduled for June of this year. Sierra Club Ontario (SCO) is working hard with a coalition of other environmental nonprofits to ensure that water is part of the political conversation. In addition, SCO is taking this opportunity to discuss fundamental questions regarding our election process.

Shallow Politics. Deep Concerns.

Shallow Politics, Deep Concerns. #WorldWaterDay

by Becky Bassick & Lino Grima

Sierra Club Canada Foundation, Ontario Chapter

Ontario's 42nd general election is scheduled for June of this year. Sierra Club Ontario (SCO) is working hard with a coalition of other environmental nonprofits to ensure that water is part of the political conversation. In addition, SCO is taking this opportunity to discuss fundamental questions regarding our election process.

Holding Steady for Justice for the Gulf

I wanted to give you an update on our critical legal battle and appearance in court this week to protect the Gulf of St. Lawrence and all of the beautiful creatures who live there.

The case involves one important argument:  the issuance of the licence that the offshore board has granted to the oil company, Corridor Resources. First though, we had to defend our ability to be heard, as “our standing,” is being challenged by the offshore board (responsible for granting exploration licences to oil companies), and by the oil company itself.

Protecting whales and water on World Oceans Day and every day.

Few things are as spectacular and awe-inducing as a breaching humpback whale.

The sheer enormity of their body, with such strength and grace – blasting out of the water, seeming to defy the laws of gravity even just for a moment – is enough to take your breath away. It’s acrobatics and ballet on the largest scale, with a splash down that is out of this world!

It’s what they do, and it is what they have done for millennia.