Since 1984, Environmental Defence has been inspiring change by connecting people with environmental issues that affect their daily lives in their homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods.
EDC is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. It challenges and inspires change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.
Banning harmful chemicals
EDC led the charge to ban a hormone-disrupting chemical, bisphenol A (BPA) in plastic baby bottles; after that success, it is now working to get BPA out of all food and beverage containers.
Protecting green space
EDC’s work led to the creation of a 1.8 million acre greenbelt in Ontario. The Greenbelt, now seven years old, protects farmland, rivers, streams and environmentally-sensitive areas from urban development.
Greening our power
The organisation has worked with the Green Energy Act Alliance to get the groundbreaking Green Energy Act passed in Ontario. The Act, one of the best in the world, provides strong support for the creation of green power.
Cleaning our beaches
EDC works with communities all over Canada to improve the environmental quality and management of our beautiful beaches and marinas. A record number of sites have applied for the award, and soon we’ll see the flag flying on both coasts and on many beaches in between.
Greening our economy
EDC is working in partnership with the United Steelworkers to support the creation of good green jobs in the new clean energy economy. Blue Green Canada gets workers, businesses and governments focused on building a successful, sustainable economy. In Ontario, new jobs have already been created in Windsor, London, Mississauga, Burlington, and even more future jobs have been announced.
Thanks to EDC’s ongoing research, more Canadians are paying attention to the toxins in personal care products, household items, and toys. They’re reading labels, changing habits, and doing their best to avoid exposing their families to nasty chemicals.