How are we responding to environmental challenges?

r1 A message from West Coast Executive Director and Senior Counsel ... Dear Paov,

The last few days of the year are a time of rest and deep reflection for me. As we look forward to a new year I’m asking:

“What challenges have we witnessed this past year?”


“How are we responding?”

As the climate and biodiversity crises grow increasingly critical, the calls to action have never been more compelling – both here in Canada and globally.

In 2023, communities locally and across the world have experienced record-breaking wildfires, extreme heat waves, flooding, and drought. We are also seeing deepening concerns over the health of local watersheds, old growth forests, and food security.

So how are we responding?

At West Coast, our work across programs is focused on addressing the urgency of the climate and biodiversity crises, advancing environmental justice, and uplifting and centering Indigenous law.

We’re working harder than ever to create lasting legal solutions and advocate for strong laws and policies at all levels of government to protect land, air, water, and communities.

Paov, will you make a special year-end gift by December 31 so that we can continue our work to safeguard nature and communities in 2024?

Here is the link to donate:

As we go into 2024, some of our key priorities at West Coast Environment Law include:

• Working alongside Indigenous partners to develop and implement projects grounded in their Indigenous laws through our RELAW (Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air & Water) program;

• Leading the public conversation in BC about suing Big Oil and holding the fossil fuel industry legally accountable for paying its fair share of the climate change costs facing our communities;

• Holding decision-makers accountable to implementing a BC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health Law, and a federal nature accountability law;

• Strengthening the legal safety net for oceans and marine ecosystems with new protected areas and a BC Coastal Marine Strategy

And that’s not all.

In 2024, we’ll be continuing our work on Mineral Tenure Act reform, we’ll keep bringing communities together to develop nature-based solutions for flood management in the Lower Fraser, and we’ll be providing legal support to individuals taking a stand against environmental injustices.

But we need your help to advance these priorities, Paov.

Please end 2023 by making a tax-deductible gift, knowing you’ll be helping us prepare and respond to the challenges that lie ahead.

Wishing you and your loved ones a restful and reflective end to the year.


Jessica Clogg
Executive Director & Senior Counsel
West Coast Environmental Law

P.S. Any gift made to West Coast by 11:59 PM (PST) on December 31, will be eligible for a 2023 tax receipt. Please make a gift today and help us advance a better future for the environment.

We recognize that our readers are diverse and have unique experiences. Due to the impacts of systemic racism and colonialism, or a variety of other factors affecting financial well-being, some readers may not be able or inclined to make a monetary gift. We welcome your ongoing support and engagement with West Coast in whatever form you choose.
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