Six Awesome Groups!
Environmental and social change groups have so much potential when they work together to reach common goals. We need to support each other in an era of competition. BTCEA acknowledges the great work other organizations are doing, and is so grateful to be part of an impact driven community with diverse concepts, tactics, knowledge and solutions. To empower youth to be part of innovative solutions, BTCEA uses 21st century education methods connecting youth to the work various groups are doing and community-based research.
Below is a list of impactful community organizations that are tackling diverse sustainability and social justice topics. This list is just a taster; there are so many more awesome organizations addressing similar topics in different ways.
Fresh Roots aims to create a world where everyone has access to fresh and healthy food, land, and a strong community. They work towards achieving this by cultivating engaging gardens and programs (such as the Schoolyard Farm Internship and youth garden clubs), which encourage healthy eating, ecological stewardship and community connection. In doing this, Fresh Roots transforms urban spaces into thriving neighbourhoods where people can gather together to learn, share and connect with one another. We also appreciate the food fostering folk at Farm to School BC, the Edible Garden Project, and Lori Snyder – Urban Foraging.
HUB is a membership-based organization that makes cycling better and encourages more people to cycle through education, action and events. Recent initiatives included a ‘Bike The Night’ event, where downtown Vancouver was closed to cars and hundreds of cyclists of all ages took to the streets to ride together. Another innovative program created by HUB, supported by the ISSofBC, is the Bike Host program, where newcomers to Canada are matched with volunteer cyclists to learn to cycle and explore the city of Vancouver together. We also admire the transportation forward folk at BEST- Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, Kickstand, and Our Community Bikes.
BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)
BCCIC engages people to share knowledge, build relationships and develop their abilities in working towards achieving sustainable global development. BCCIC accomplishes this by providing its members and people around BC with networking, information sharing, and learning opportunities that increase public awareness about global development goals and facilitate cooperation. In February 2017, BCCIC hosted an inspiring event called ‘Youth Voices. Global Issues’, which showcased some of BC’s young changemakers who are working towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals in BC and beyond. We also admire the other capacity building folk at Organize BC, United Nations Association in Canada, the Committee for Action on Social Justice (part of the BC Teachers’ Federation) and Anima Leadership.
Reconciliation Canada is an Indigenous-led organization that is leading the way in engaging Canadians in dialogue and transformative experiences that revitalize the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. They actively engage multi-faith and multi-cultural communities to explore the meaning of reconciliation. Reconciliation Canada’s current programs and initiatives include organizing and hosting reconciliation dialogue sessions and creating Action Plans and providing reconciliation-based leadership training and core competencies assessments. We also appreciate the work of Four Worlds International, Sacred Trust, the Multifaith Action Society and many others.
West Coast Environmental Law
West Coast Environmental Law harnesses the power of law to solve complex environmental challenges. They transform environmental decision-making and strengthen legal protection for the environment through collaborative legal strategies that bridge Indigenous and Canadian law. We also appreciate the policy folk at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and Eco Justice for the good work that they do.
The Blue Dot project is a national grassroots campaign backed by the David Suzuki Foundation that is based on the idea that everyone in Canada deserves the right to a healthy environment, including clean air and water, and a say in decisions that affect our health and well-being. Since 2014, over 110,000 Canadians have signed the Blue Dot petition in support of this, and 160 municipal governments have passed declarations recognizing the right to a healthy environment. The Blue Dot movement is pushing to take this even further and to achieve a federal environmental bill of rights. Thank you to other organizations tackling enviro-rights and policy change in their own ways such as Dogwood, 350.org, and Force of Nature.
Thank you to all these groups and many others with whom we share the journey to foster a thriving just and sustainable world. We are glad we are on it with you!