Environmental Law

Section 3: Organizing, Reviews, and Challenging Issues


The Sierra Club of Canada

The Sierra Club was founded in 1892 to protect the wilderness of the Sierra Nevada in Eastern California. Since that time the club has expanded its interests and its geographical range, becoming active in Canada in 1963. Today the organization has active chapters in every region of the country.

Since its creation, the Sierra Club of Canada has been involved in a number of environmental issues and controversies; among the issues it has become involved with are campaigns to


Image Source: Pexels
  • improve energy efficiency to combat global warming

  • prevent clear-cut logging in Canada's forests

  • conserve biological diversity in plant and animal species

  • draw public attention to the risks posed by the use of pesticides

  • work for the preservation of wilderness areas

  • pressure the Canadian government to live up to its international commitments made in Rio and Kyoto


Going Further

Check out the website of the Sierra Club of Canada . Take a look and see what you can learn about this organization.

 

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) calls itself "Canada's grassroots voice for wilderness." Founded in 1963 as the National Provincial Parks Association of Canada, CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) today has thirteen regional chapters and many thousands of members. The organization is dedicated principally to the protection of wild lands and wildlife; it focuses chiefly on parks and other wilderness areas, making sure that the laws that protect such areas are obeyed.

CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) envisages a healthy ecosphere where people experience and respect natural ecosystems. This will be achieved by

  • protecting Canada's wild ecosystems in parks, wilderness and similar natural areas, preserving the full diversity of habitats and their species

  • promoting awareness and understanding of ecological principles and the inherent values of wilderness through education, appreciation and experience

  • encouraging individual action to accomplish these goals

  • working co-operatively with government, First Nations, business, other organizations, and individuals in a consensus-seeking manner, wherever possible


Image Source: Pixabay

Going Further

Check out the website of the CPAWS (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) website. See what else you can learn about this important environmental organization.