Standing on Guard for Thee: Environmental Advocacy and Public Policy Work Has Reaped Many Benefits for Canadians. Here Are Just a Few Examples

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The End of Acid Rain

The Canadian Coalition on Acid Rain began as a 12-member charitable group in 1981 and grew to become Canada's largest environmental organization with 58 organizational members and offices in both Toronto and Washington. Its relentless efforts to educate, mobilize citizens and lobby both governments led to the passage of amendments to the U.S. Clean Air Act in 1990, thereby restricting acid rain-causing emissions and improving public health. A large body of research links reduced emissions to decreased mortality, hospital admissions, and emergency room visits.

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Unprecedented Green Space Protection

In a ten-year campaign steered by WWF Canada and aided by many more environmental groups, Canadians came together in huge numbers to support the creation of 1,000 new parks, wilderness areas and nature reserves. Close to one million signed a petition, an annual report card tracked progress and kept awareness high, and ongoing discussions with provincial and territorial governments led to the protection of 38 million hectares--an area bigger than the size of Germany.

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Balancing Commerce and Conservation in the Boreal Forest

Twenty-one major Canadian forest products companies and nine leading environmental organizations united to form the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. While implementing new laws and policies rests with governments, both industry and environmentalists have a shared responsibility to work collaboratively to agree on what changes need to be made to the management of the Boreal Forest--76 million hectares of forest from British Columbia to Newfoundland. …