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The David Suzuki Foundation

219 – 2211 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V6K 4S2
Phone 604-732-4228
or toll free at 1-800-453-1533
contact@davidsuzuki.org

 
Foundation Guide - The David Suzuki Foundation

Mission

The David Suzuki Foundation’s mission is to protect the diversity of nature and quality of life. The foundation is guided by the belief that everyone is interconnected and interdependent with nature. The organization believes that thorough evidence-based research and education can succeed in protecting and conserving the environment and will help create a sustainable Canada.

The foundation operates from its headquarters in Vancouver as well as from offices in Toronto and Montreal. It also has dedicated teams of remote staff and volunteers across Canada.

Supported Causes

The David Suzuki Foundation supports projects that are geared towards finding sustainable solutions to environmental issues in the following areas: climate, biodiversity, environmental rights, oceans and cities.

The work of the foundation is focused on three main causes:

  • Environmental rights – making a healthy environment a legal right for all Canadians.
  • Climate solutions – accelerating the shift to a low-carbon future.
  • Biodiversity – restoring nature and to continuing to protect it.

Projects

The Suzuki Foundation promotes the following programs:

  • Trottier Energy Futures Project – The project involves finding opportunities to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the use of existing technologies. In 2016, a plan to phase out coal-fired power by 2030 was announced after the foundation had been working on resolving the issue for over 10 years.
  • Municipal Natural Assets Initiative – As a founding member of this initiative, The Suzuki Foundation is actively involved with pilot projects across Canada. These projects have begun to demonstrate how floodplains, wetlands, and other natural assets can be more resilient and cost-effective than infrastructure that is conventionally engineered.
  • Methane Pollution Research Project – In collaboration with St. Francis Xavier University, the foundation completed a thorough ground-based measurement of methane emissions in Canada. The research had worrisome results that were submitted to regulatory bodies.

The foundation regularly collaborates with the government, community organizations, businesses, individuals, and other nonprofit organizations.

The Foundation's History

In 1989 David Suzuki produced a radio series called It’s a Matter of Survival. The series not only won an award, but also warned of impending environmental catastrophe. Thousands of shocked listeners wrote to Suzuki asking how this could be averted and thus a movement was born. A dozen like-minded people met in November 1989 and in September of the following year, the David Suzuki Foundation was officially launched. The foundation’s first projects focused on the economics of sustainability and on forestry, fishing, species at risk, and pesticides. The foundation soon expanded to include a variety of local projects and worked alongside indigenous communities residing on the west coast of Canada as well as international projects aimed at tackling the environmental crisis.