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Sustainability initiatives[edit]


Local sustainability initiatives[edit]

Please see our local or city pages via the Canada category, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Initiatives by topic[edit]


Naturewatch: A Canadian Phenology project

Climate action[edit]

Energy Action Coalition, coalition of 50 youth-led environmental and social justice groups coordinating on state, regional, and national levels in the United States and Canada. Wikipedia category: Climate change in Canada

Canada People’s Climate Plan

Community currencies activism[edit]

Commons Currency Project, Imagining a Great Lakes Commons Currency

Community energy[edit]

Delivering Community Power, Canadian Union of Postal Workers plan to turn every post office in Canada into a hub for a just green transition. [1]

Cycling activism[edit]

Canada Bikes, the national voice for commuter, touring and recreational cycling - Critical Mass bicycle rides in Canada

Environment quality[edit]

FixMyStreet Canada

Ethical consumerism[edit]

The Buy Nothing Day site through the Adbusters Media Foundation - Fairtrade settlements in Canada

Food activism[edit]

Face Your Farmer on pinterest - Open Food Network, Canada - Solar cooking resources in Canada - Wikipedia category: Food markets in Canada

Hunters' and Trappers' Committee in Aklavik, Northwest Territories[edit]

For thousands of years, Inuit communities in far northern Canada lived seminomadically, surviving off of whatever wild game they could hunt. But starting in the mid-20th century, climate change, colonialism, and economic changes had a devastating impact on people in places like Aklavik. Caribou herds shrank and migration patterns changed. The Inuit were forcibly resettled in prefabricated towns and their sled dogs culled by authorities. As demand for seal and fox furs fell and resettlement accelerated, hunters were forced into employment or into nine-to-five jobs, reducing both time and money for hunting.

With fewer hunters, food had to be flown in at exorbitant prices — as much as $38 for a bag of grapes that would cost only a few dollars in the south. As a result, the Aklavik Hunters' and Trappers' Committee and several other groups across the Arctic have established community fridges, where hunters or people who have been fishing drop off surplus meat. The hunters are reimbursed for certain fees and the food is distributed to people in need, following a centuries-old Inuit tradition of delivering one's surplus catch to the elderly and isolated. Canada's largest Inuit advocacy group, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, has launched a food security mapping project to track similar initiatives across the Arctic. [2] Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee – Community Harvesters, itk.ca

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]



Halifax Tool Library[edit]

Halifax Tool Library (HTL), is a tool lending library based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Members pay an annual subscription and may borrow specialized tools for home repair, maintenance, building projects, community projects, gardening and landscaping. The HTL is a Non Profit community organization. The HTL offers standard, Student/Low-Income option, and organizational memberships to non-profits and small businesses. The HTL is supported by Dalhousie University student union, Ecology Action Centre, Parker Street food & furniture bank, Forest Friend, Bike Again, North Brewing Company, Catalyst, Fusion HFX, Deiter's tool and Saw. W

Other links[edit]

Canadian Cohousing Network - Canadian Senior Cohousing

Urban sustainability[edit]

8-80 Cities, Canadian based non-profit organization with an international outlook, promote walking and bicycling as activities and urban parks, trails and other public spaces as great places for ALL.

Depave Paradise

RAIN, urban stormwater program designed by Green Communities Canada to maximize community engagement and action.

News and comment[edit]


Apr 22 Canada’s libraries step up to help vulnerable people during pandemic [3]


Cyclists riding in Melbourne for 350 Climate Action.jpg

Dec 12 Climate news 2018: Climate change talks lead to heightened pledge to cut emissions. [4] EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5C

Empowering Canada's Indigenous communities through coworking, Nov 12 [5]


A Toolkit for Establishing a Great Lakes Commons, Sep 18 [6]

7 Inspiring Ways Canadians Are Sharing to Tackle Food Insecurity, Jun 28 [7]

This beer kills pipelines, Jun 7 [8]

Meet the First Nation Above the Arctic Circle That Just Went Solar, Mar 28 [9]

A How-To Manual For Growing A Community, Mar 20 [10]


Health Canada proposes ban on pesticide linked to bee deaths, Nov 24 [11]

Plastic microbeads will be banned in Canada, effective mid-2018, Nov 4 [12]

Canada's National Parks will be free to all visitors in 2017, January 11 [13]


Canada shocks COP21 with big new climate goal, December 7 [14]

The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Caring for the Earth and One Another, September 15 [15]


High-volume fracking to be banned in Nova Scotia, September 3 [16]

Canada should be doing more to fight income inequality, March 17 [17]



June 7 100in1day, transform your city (Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Halifax)

May 26 Bike Day in Canada is about bringing together the public, cycling organizations and members of all three levels of government across Canada, to ride on the same day. The day is dedicated to highlighting the importance of cycling in Canada as a healthy, affordable and environmentally friendly form of physical activity, transportation and tourism. [18]


Apps for sustainability[edit]

Apps for Climate Action Contest winners, September 16, 2010


Great Lakes Commons, a grassroots effort to establish the Great Lakes as a thriving, living commons — shared and sacred waters that we all protect in perpetuity.

Legal resources[edit]

Ecojustice Canada, Canadian non-profit environmental law organization that provides funding to lawyers to use litigation to defend and protect the environment. W


Local communities in Canada[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Canada, Environment of Canada, Poverty in Canada

Wikipedia categories: Environment of Canada, Environmental issues in Canada‎

External links[edit]


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