David Suzuki Foundation

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Mission Statement

One nature.

We are nature. All people, and all species.

We are interconnected with nature, and with each other. What we do to the planet and its living creatures, we do to ourselves.

This is the fundamental truth guiding our work at the David Suzuki Foundation.
Through evidence-based research, education and policy analysis, we work to conserve and protect the natural environment, and help create a sustainable Canada. We regularly collaborate with non-profit and community organizations, all levels of government, businesses and individuals.
Our mission is to protect nature’s diversity and the well-being of all life, now and for the future. Our vision is that we all act every day on the understanding that we are one with nature.

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Founded in 1990, the David Suzuki Foundation is a national, bilingual non-profit organization headquartered in Vancouver, with offices in Toronto and Montreal.
We are humbled that Canadians consistently name the David Suzuki Foundation the country’s most credible and reliable source of evidence-based environmental information, and consider us the lead organization working with government and business to resolve critical environmental issues.
Always grounded in sound evidence, we empower people to take action in their communities on the environmental challenges we collectively face.

Program Details

The path to sustainability

Today, our work focuses on three priority areas:

1. Environmental rights

Goal: Establish the legal right for all Canadians to live in a healthy environment.
The right to a healthy environment is the simple yet powerful idea that everyone should be able to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat safe food. We believe Canadians should have this right constitutionally protected. That’s why we are pursuing legal protections for environmental rights, and in so doing, taking responsibility as stewards for the natural world on which we depend.

2. Climate solutions

Goal: Accelerate the transition to a low-carbon future.
Climate change threatens the planet’s life‐support systems. In 2016, ratification of the United Nations’ Paris Agreement — signed by 195 countries, including Canada, and the European Union — was a product of the mounting urgency to act on the defining issue of our time. The agreement requires Canada and other industrialized nations to transition from fossil fuels to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050. To this end, we are building a compelling vision of Canada’s renewable energy opportunity throughout the country — with citizens, cities, Indigenous communities and businesses. We will help shift the climate narrative from despair to possibility, and create real opportunities for Canadians to be part of the solution.

3. Biodiversity

Goal: Protect and restore nature.
Human beings — like all biological organisms — depend on clean air, water and soil. We are a part of nature and must live within its limits. Our vision for biodiversity is that Canadians improve the way they interact with the natural environment and become engaged in protecting the creatures and places they love. We also recognize Indigenous peoples as biodiversity stewards in their territories. We work to resolve rights and title issues, and we advance Indigenous governance of their lands and waters.
"We are creatures of the Earth, and everything we learn about the Earth teaches us about ourselves". Dr. David Suzuki
Primary Issue
Climate Change
Secondary Issue
Wildlife
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