Saving the environment in Canada requires concerted effort on the part of organizations, institutions, territorial and provincial governments, and the general public.
What Can Be Done to Reduce Waste and Save Energy
There are easy ways to save the environment like using energy-efficient bulbs and devices, composting, recycling, car sharing, and buying local. Green businesses also contribute to environmental protection by reducing waste and harmful emissions. Some eco-friendly businesses focus on solar panel manufacturing and geothermal and wind power while others specialize in energy efficient vehicles, retail, air duct and green cleaning, and so on.
Organizations, Networks, and Associations
There is a host of organizations, networks, and groups in Canada that work toward environmental protection and sustainable living. Among them are Charity Village, the Canadian Environmental Network, Food Secure Canada, Sustainability Network, and many others. Some are local or regional while others are national and international. Food Secure Canada, for example, is a Canadian environmental network that aims to contribute to creating a sustainable food system so that food is more equally distributed. The Sustainability Network offers training and support and runs programs with a focus on inclusion, equity, and diversity, engagement organizing, and economic literacy. The Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition is an Ontario-based organization that provides educational materials and bilingual services to networks, coalitions, groups, and communities. The coalition works on different projects and offers workshops with a focus on rural transport, empowering local communities, sustainable food systems, and many others. Other topics include writing a funding proposal, planning techniques and approaches, and group facilitation skills. There are many other organizations in Canada, including environmental, industry, and business associations, and others. Examples of key associations include Greenpeace Canada, Environmental Defence Canada, the Canadian Environmental Law Association, Nature Conservancy of Canada, and many others.
Key Public Figures and Green Activists
The list of key public figures and eco-heroes is quite long and includes names such as David Suzuki, David Schindler, Bob Hunter, Paul Watson, Jane Jacobs, and many others. David Schindler is a top expert on deforestation, tar ponds, acid rain, climate change, and other water ecology, environmental, and climate change issues. Schindler specializes in dead zones, algal blooms, freshwater over-fertilization, and the effects of excessive acidification of lakes. Activist and cofounder of Greenpeace Robert Hunter is the author of a number of books, including Occupy Canada, The Greenpeace Chronicle, The Storming of the Mind, The Enemies of Anarchy, and others. David Suzuki is a Canadian environmental activist, broadcaster, and academic who shed light and warned about climate change, deforestation of the boreal forests, and tar ponds in the province of Alberta. Elizabeth May is a key public figure and Green Party of Canada’s leader. She is also a lobbyist, environmental lawyer, and the author of works such as Global Warming for Dummies, Paradise Won: the struggle for South Moresby, and others. Other key public figures and green activists include academics, writers, volunteers, and policy critics such as Maude Barlow, Farley Mowat, Rosalie Bertell, Percy Schmeiser, and many others. Green activists work on a host of environmental issues such as biosphere destruction, crop contamination, animal protection, environmental conservation, etc. Through campaigning, advocacy, and research, environmental activists work to raise awareness about pollution, waste, and destruction to save the environment in Canada.