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Canada is a country in North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world's longest bi-national land border. Canada's capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.
- 1 Climate action
- 2 Biodiversity
- 3 Environment quality
- 4 Community involvement
- 5 Community currencies activism
- 6 Community energy
- 7 Cycling activism
- 8 Ethical consumerism
- 9 Food activism
- 10 Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle
- 11 Sharing
- 12 Urban sustainability
- 13 Resources
- 14 News and comment
- 15 Events
- 16 Campaigns
- 17 Near you
- 18 External links
- 19 References
Climate action[edit | edit source]
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
Climate change in Canada has had large impacts on the country's environment and landscapes. The number of climate change–related events, such as the 2013 Alberta Floods and an increasing number of forest fires, has become an increasing concern over time. Canada's annual average temperature over land has warmed by 1.7 degrees Celsius since 1948. The rate of warming is even higher in Canada's north, the Prairies, and northern British Columbia. The country's precipitation has increased in recent years and extreme weather events have become more common.
Canada is currently the world's 7th largest greenhouse gas emitter, and has a long history of producing industrial emissions going back to the late 19th century. In 2019 transport and oil and gas extraction together emitted over half of the total. Canada's fossil fuel extraction industry has increased its greenhouse gas emissions by 21.6% since 1990.
Canada is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 under the Paris Agreement. Several climate change mitigation policies have been implemented in the country, such as carbon pricing, emissions trading and climate change funding programs. In 2019, the House of Commons voted to declare a national climate emergency in Canada.
Biodiversity[edit | edit source]
Environment quality[edit | edit source]
Community involvement[edit | edit source]
- Every One Every Day Kjipuktuk/Halifax, added 15:16, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
- Participatory Canada, added 15:18, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
- Strong Towns "supports thousands of people across the United States and Canada who are advocating for a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. Strong Towns is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Our work is performed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Please share with others to use for good." added 16:00, 30 November 2020 (UTC)
Community currencies activism[edit | edit source]
Commons Currency Project, Imagining a Great Lakes Commons Currency
Community energy[edit | edit source]
Cycling activism[edit | edit source]
Ethical consumerism[edit | edit source]
Food activism[edit | edit source]
Hunters' and Trappers' Committee in Aklavik, Northwest Territories[edit | edit source]
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. Aklavik Hunters and Trappers Committee – Community Harvesters, itk.ca
Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]
Sharing[edit | edit source]
Halifax Tool Library[edit | edit source]
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 initiatives[edit | edit source]
Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]
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.
RAIN, urban stormwater program designed by Green Communities Canada to maximize community engagement and action.
Resources[edit | edit source]
Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]
- Canadian Environmental Network
- Green Communities Canada
- The Otesha Project, national youth-led charitable organization that seeks to educate and empower youth to make sustainable lifestyle decisions and consumer choices.
- Transition Initiatives Directory
Commons[edit | edit source]
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.
Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]
Apps for Climate Action Contest winners, September 16, 2010
Legal resources[edit | edit source]
Video[edit | edit source]
Other resources[edit | edit source]
- ecoENERGY Efficiency and Alternative Transportation Fuels, information from Natural Resources Canada
- Life Off Grid, film about people who have chosen to build their lives around renewable energy
News and comment[edit | edit source]
see separate article: Canada news
Events[edit | edit source]
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.
Campaigns[edit | edit source]
Near you[edit | edit source]