Today is Earth Day, a day that serves as a harsh reminder of our changing planet.
While climate change is a global issue, we face a unique challenge as Canada, on average, experiences twice as much warming compared to the rest of the world.
This means that we’ll see extreme weather, freshwater shortages, coastal flooding, faster and at a higher rate than the rest of the world. This will undoubtedly have catastrophic effects on our communities, ecosystems, and our overall way of life.
We know it can be paralyzing to think about how to make a dent in this giant, complex problem as an individual. That’s why we’ve created the Environment Fund - to help you fund the most effective charitable solutions to our climate crisis, in the easiest way possible.
Our Environment Fund supports research and conservation efforts to protect the natural environment in Canada through vetted, effective charities. Here's the impact of just some of the charities in the fund:
- Tree Canada plants and nurtures trees in rural and urban environments. Last year, they planted over 350,000 trees across Canada through their National Greening Program. Other programs include partnerships with companies to offset their emissions by planting trees, and replanting trees after natural disasters such as wildfires in western Canada and hurricanes in Atlantic Canada.
- The David Suzuki Foundation conserves and protects the natural environment through evidence based research, education, and policy analysis. Last year, they launched the Clean Power Pathways, a project to deliver choices and effective approaches to meet energy and climate goals. Their Butterflyway Project continues to help grow highways of pollinator habitat throughout Canada to feed and shelter butterflies, bees, and other pollinators that are crucial to our environment and survival.
- Environmental Defence defends our water, climate, and communities in Canada. They focus on six main issues: ensuring safe products, stopping climate change and creating jobs in the clean economy, growing Ontario's Greenbelt, protecting Canada's fresh water, ending plastic pollution, and helping beach and marinas reach the blue flag eco certification.
- The Nature Conservancy of Canada conserves important natural areas and biological diversity in Canada. They have identified over 100 natural areas for critical protection and 209 species at risk, with 32% of those species having their habitat maintained by The Nature Conservancy of Canada. Last year, secured and conserved 329,849 acres of land through their securement projects and conservation agreements.
These charities need your support to continue their crucial work in conserving the natural environment in Canada and slowing down climate change. Support the Environment Fund by making a one-time donation, or support them year-round by adding it to your Give portfolio.