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Celebrating 20 years of the David Suzuki Foundation
The Foundation was formed in 1990, after a meeting with a dozen thinkers and activists in 1989 on Pender Island, BC. In January 1991, the Foundation opened its doors and began its work...
- Research station opened to help the Kayapo people
protect 11.5 million hectares of the lower Amazon.
- We participated in UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro; 12-year-old Severn Cullis-Suzuki delivered a moving speech to protect Earth for future generations. We co-sponsored Earth Parliament.
- Convention on Biological Diversity.
- Convention on Climate Change sets non-binding CO2 targets for industrial countries.
- Union of Concerned Scientists issues Warning to Humanity.
- Earth Summit.
- Ainu Project helped indigenous people of northern Japan protect their sacred salmon, owl, and bear populations.
- Moved to new eco-friendly, geothermal offices.
- Jim Fulton hired as our first executive director.
- LA Event, April 14, 1994. Initiated by the late John Candy to bring together Canadian talent to help raise awareness and funds for the David Suzuki Foundation.
- Published report The Future of British Columbia Fisheries.
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) issues revised list on endangered species.
- First volunteer coordinator, Caterina Geuer, hired
for our volunteer program.
- Fish on the Line report released to national acclaim, calling for overhaul of fisheries.
- Second IPCC assessment report.
- Launched our first
book, Dead Reckoning, by Terry Glavin.
- First communications director hired.
- Our research showed that closed containment salmon farms are the best way to protect salmon from impacts of aquaculture.
- Joined the B.C. Endangered Species
Coalition to protect species at risk.
- National accord for the protection of species at risk.
- David Suzuki's The Sacred Balance is published.
- Staff attended UN Framework Convention on Climate
Change in Kyoto. We prepared a briefing paper called
The Role of Government for Finance Minister Paul Martin.
- Worked with Musqueam
Band to restore Vancouver's
last salmon-bearing stream.
- Began producing reports on how
Canada is vulnerable to climate change,
and how to decrease emissions.
- UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Kyoto.
- Climate Action Team founded in Canada.
- Oceans Act.
- Tara Cullis went on diplomatic tours of
remote First Nations communities in B.C.
- Launched the Pacific Salmon Forest Project, a B.C.
coastal fisheries, forestry, and community project
to support economic health while conserving
important ecological and cultural areas.
- Opened a community economic development
office in Prince Rupert and initiated
projects in 10 remote areas in B.C.
- Worked to conserve culturally modified trees, and
B.C. Supreme Court ruled they should be protected.
- Culturally modified trees given protection.
- Delgamuukw ruling.
- Pacific Salmon Forests project - Mapping and inventory of Culturally Modified Trees provided basis for securing an injunction to halt logging on Banks Island.
- Supported research that shows how
salmon fertilize forests, building a
greater understanding of how salmon,
bears, and forests work together.
- Supported the Metlakatla in re-establishing
its sustainable urchin fishery.
- First Science Matters column published.
- Initiated Turning Point process with Coastal First
Nations, which united to call on provincial and
federal governments to negotiate land-use issues.
- Produced A Cut Above, the first outline of ecosystembased
management standards for forestry.
- Released the Scientists' Declaration to
Conserve Canada's Coastal Temperate
Rainforest, signed by over 400 scientists.
- Commissioned groundbreaking study that shows B.C.
farmed salmon have high levels of contaminates.
- Successfully blocked logging scheduled in 51 cut blocks.
- Walkerton contaminated water tragedy.
- The Treaty on Persistent Organic Pollutants requires the complete phase-out of nine highly toxic pesticides and limits the use of several other chemicals, including dioxins, furans, and PCBs.
- A landmark agreement with eight coastal
First Nations was signed for environmentally
responsible logging on B.C. coast.
- Helped launch the Forest Stewardship Council, for
certification of sustainable forestry products.
- Presented seminars to show problems with
farmed salmon to chefs, food writers, and the
food industry in Vancouver and Toronto.
- Third IPCC assessment report.
- Certification standards for sustainable forestry launched.
- Landmark agreement signed with Turning Point.
- Toyota Prius becomes first mass-produced hybrid car on market.
- Nature Challenge is launched – asks people to pledge to
take the challenge to decrease their impact on the Earth.
- Helped improve Yukon Placer Mining regulations
to protect streams and reduce pollution.
- Worked with the Musqueam and Sierra Legal Defence
Fund to prevent a fish farm from dumping 1.5 million
diseased Atlantic salmon into the Fraser River.
- Published our first solutions-based book, Good News for a Change.
- Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol, and Prime Minister
Jean Chrétien sent us a personal letter to say our efforts
were an important part of the consultation process.
- Turning Point opens office in Vancouver.
- Canada ratifies Kyoto Protocol.
To raise awareness about the boreal forest, we
helped organize the Boreal Rendezvous, where
teams of paddlers
travelled down 10 picturesque rivers.
- Reviewed BC Hydro's proposed natural gas
pipeline, and found it had high greenhouse
gas emissions. Proposal is denied in 2004.
- Launched the Nature Challenge for Kids
and with WWF distributed materials to
over 7,000 teachers across Canada.
- Scientists report industrial fishing has killed off 90 per cent of world's biggest and most economically important fish species.
- Turning Point becomes independent organization.
- Prime Minister Paul Martin called our report Sustainability Within
a Generation a "very important report", and immediately hired
the author, David Boyd, to work in the Privy Council Office.
- Opened our Ottawa office.
- Went to court to support a National Energy
Board ruling to block construction of a gasfired
power plant near Abbotsford, B.C.
- Presented the environmental impacts of offshore oil and
gas exploration off the B.C. coast to federal review panels.
Thousands of people voiced their support, so the government
upheld the moratorium on oil and gas drilling in B.C.
- Forest and land team worked on the Four
Great Rivers Project in Tibet to create a
conservation plan for the Yangtze, Brahmaputra,
Salween, and Mekong river headwaters.
- Created a resource guide, State of the Catch,
to help people buy sustainable seafood.
- Released recommendations for
responsible shellfish aquaculture.
- Controversial electric plant prevented near Nanaimo.
- Launched SeaChoice program to help
consumers choose sustainable seafood.
- Convinced B.C. government to protect 30 per
cent of the Great Bear Rainforest.
- David Suzuki published his autobiography.
- Barnston Island and Richmond Garden City lands are protected from development.
- 30 per cent of Great Bear Rainforest becomes protected.
- Quebec bans harmful lawn pesticides.
- VANOC commits to going carbon neutral for 2010 Olympics.
- David Suzuki went on his "If You Were Prime
Minister" bus tour, visiting 41 cities in 30 days.
- Toronto office opened.
- Helped push through Ontario's Endangered Species Act.
- Secured protected habitat for the monarch butterfly along
the Ottawa River, and the piping plover shorebird in B.C.
- Helped shut down two proposed coal-fired plants, and convince the B.C. government to
create emission-reduction targets and a moratorium on conventional coal-fired plants.
- Convinced over 500 members of the NHL Players' Association to go
carbon neutral and raise awareness about slowing global warming.
- Fourth IPCC assessment report.
- Ontario gets new Species at Risk Act.
- Al Gore and IPCC receive Nobel Peace Prize.
- Pricing Carbon; Saving Green report released in Ottawa.
- Helped convince the B.C. government
to release comprehensive Climate
Action Plan, with a carbon tax, and $1
billion investment in climate action.
- Hired new CEO, Peter Robinson.
- Opened our Montreal office and
committed to being bilingual.
- The Federal Sustainable Development
Act passed, based on our report
Sustainability Within a Generation.
- Launched our Queen of Green program
to show how to green your everyday life.
- Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
committed to protect at least 225,000
square kilometres of Ontario's far north
boreal region, with thanks to our advocacy.
- Jim Fulton passed away on December 21.
- Federal Sustainable Development Act is passed.
- ENGOs win Nooksack dace habitat court case.
- B.C. carbon tax.
- B.C. government releases Climate Action Plan.
- Cosmetic lawn and garden pesticide ban in Ontario.
- Ontario protects a minimum of 225, 000 square kilometres of northern boreal forest.
- Joined with Al Gore to bring The
Climate Project to Canada.
- Secured legal habitat protection for
killer whales on the Southwest Coast,
and for right whales on the East Coast.
- SeaChoice program partnered with
Overwaitea and other grocery stores
to offer sustainable seafood.
- Started our Ambassadors program to
teach people how to green their offices.
- Green Energy Act is passed in Ontario.
- One Million Acts of Green.
- Climate Project comes to Canada.
- Canadian courts protect killer whale habitat.
- Inaugural Earth Run.
- The Winter Olympics took place, and followed many of our
recommendations to decrease their greenhouse gas emissions.
- Helped convince key stakeholders to protect a huge part of the boreal
forest, a historic deal and the largest protected forest area on Earth.
- Currently working to end the grizzly trophy hunt in B.C. after the
hunt was cancelled in Alberta because of public outcry.
- On September 14, the Foundation turns 20.
- David Suzuki will go on a book tour for The Legacy: An
Elder's Vision for our Sustainable Future.
- Carbon neutral Olympics.
- BP oil spill in Gulf of Mexico.