about us

Environmental Defence has been working since 1984 to protect Canadians' environment and human health. In those nearly 30 years, we've put some great accomplishments under our belts. Click on the icons in the timeline to learn more about the history of Environmental Defence.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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2013

Will continue to educate and empower Canadians to protect our environment and human health.

2012

Tested Canadians for body pollution with triclosan, which is toxic to humans and the environment. Educated Canadians on the additional dangers to human health, after Environment Canada’s decision to declare triclosan toxic to the environment.

2011

Raised awareness about phthalates, which disrupt hormones, and are found in plastic items, and personal care products. Phthalates are now banned or restricted for use in Canadian toys.

2010

BPA is declared toxic in Canada, the first country to do so.

We launched our Just Beautiful campaign, to educate Canadians about toxic chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products.

2009

Helped educate Ontarians about the benefits of using more wind and solar power. In response to concerns about pollution from coal power, Ontario passed the Green Energy and Economy Act, a top-ranked program to use more renewable energy.

2008

Canada becomes the first country to take action on toxic chemical bisphenol A (BPA), which was found in plastic baby bottles. We educated parents about the dangers of BPA, which was banned from baby bottles in 2008.

2007

Conducted research into species-at-risk, such as Redside Dace, and Jefferson Salamander, in Ontario, to raise public awareness about biodiversity and species at risk.

2005

To prevent pollution of valued green space and farmland, we educated people around Toronto about the benefits of creating a Greenbelt, which now protects more than 1.8 million acres in Ontario.

2003

Environmental Defence spurs cities across Canada into action after releasing a report that shows arsenic is polluting the sand of children’s playgrounds made with pressure-treated wood.

2002

We lead the Safe Drinking Water Coalition at the inquiry into the contaminated water tragedy in Walkerton, Ontario.

2002

Environmental Defence and a community group in Flagstaff County, Alberta stop the construction of an 80,000 hog factory farm in order to protect the community’s air, land, and water.

2001

Environmental Defence and partners launch pollution reporting website http://www.PollutionWatch.org.

2001

Teamed up with parents in Southern Harbour, Newfoundland to launch a court challenge over plans to build a new school just a few kilometers away from one of the provinces biggest polluters.

1998

Worked with the Innu Nation in Labrador to win a case at the Newfoundland Court of Appeal that ruled exploration work at the Voisey's Bay nickel mine must follow full environmental assessment rules.

1993

Won the Federal Court challenge of environmental assessment of the fixed-link (Confederation Bridge), on behalf of our client Friends of the Island. Public attention and media scrutiny effectively ends the federal government's failed mega-project regional economic development strategy and ushers in a modernized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.

1992

The Surpreme Court of Canada rules that the federal government must perform environmental assessments for all projects that need federal permits, after we fought for an environmental review of a proposed dam on the Oldman River in Alberta.

1990

After we worked with the Newfoundland Inshore Fisheries Association to call attention to the rapid decline of the Canada's northwest cod stocks, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) declares a moratorium on cod fishing, the largest industrial closure in Canadian history.

1989

Environmental Defence helped Trust of Prince Edward Island save one of PEI’s last wildlife refuges from condominium developers.

1987

We worked with Earthcare to stop the aerial spraying of a chemical herbicide on a forest in the Mission-Belgo Creek watershed in B.C.

1984

A small group of lawyers and concerned citizens found Environmental Defence, then known as Canadian Environmental Defence Fund.

our mission

We are Canada's most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.


our vision

Creating a world Canadians are proud to pass on to their children


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