The Sustainability Centre is working to provide resources for the UOSU, RSGs, clubs, and the uOttawa community in order to promote sustainability and climate justice.
While individual actions like reducing waste and recycling/ composting are extremely important, the climate crisis is overwhelmingly caused and worsened by large corporations and their practices around the world– you may have read that just 100 companies are to blame for 71% of global emissions. Here you’ll find resources on climate justice and how to get involved!
Letter Writing Resources
Environmental & Climate Groups on and Off Campus
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://uottawagreens.wixsite.com/vertsuogreens?fbclid=IwAR1u3zPqxkNHjudJTfXfH9y_NA23f20tCyAb7CdCW5eYULwtjQz5OBUd7dg
- About: We are the uOttawa Greens, a Green Party campus association that aims to inspire and engage students in the political process in order to develop conscientious community leaders capable of confronting our mounting global challenges.
- About: Roots & Shoots was founded by Jane Goodall, a renowned primatologist and anthropologist, with the goal of getting young people involved in the environment and their communities. We are hoping to continue this great journey at the University of Ottawa!
- Email email@example.com
- Website https://www.mealcare.org/intro
- About: Our purpose is to create a platform that distributes food from grocery stores and the University of Ottawa cafeteria to local homeless shelters and soup kitchens. MealCare is a sustainable and efficient program designed to divert edible food from landfill. Not only are we reducing food and energy waste, but we are addressing the ongoing issue of hunger and food insecurity in our society.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- About: Our mission is to bring uOttawa together to experience, appreciate, and enjoy Canada’s breathtaking outdoors through camping and outdoor adventures!
- About: Founded in 2017, The University of Ottawa Animal Rights Association seeks to bring like-minded student animal rights activists together to educate others on the ways in which animals are treated in the entertainment, fashion, and agriculture industries. The UOARA’s goal is to provide vegan, vegetarian, and non-veg students on campus a safe, open and friendly environment to learn about and participate in the animal rights movement. Our events include charity vegan bake sales, documentary screenings, leaf-letting and informational tabling focused on common questions about animal rights and veganism.
Environmental and Aboriginal Law Association: email@example.com
Environmental Law Students’ Association: firstname.lastname@example.org
- About: Based in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin Anishnaabeg territory, we are part of the climate and environmental justice movement following the lead of the most impacted communities to ensure a liveable climate for future generations. Through empowering communities, we challenge political systems that do not align with an equitable and healthy planet. We participate in the process of reconciliation and decolonization, and support First Nations, Métis and Inuit self-determination. We work in a proactive way towards collectively-defined goals, while understanding the necessity for reactionary mobilization in climate organizing, particularly in the national capital.
- Mission: To educate and mobilize members of the Ottawa region to act on this climate crisis and address the deeply rooted problems of this land. To spark and sustain a spirit of creative rebellion, which will enable much needed changes in our political, economic and social landscapes.
- To break down hierarchies within the government that are hindering action on this ecological crisis.
- To learn and practice the world we want to see in the future, in relating to each other and the environment that we are a part of.
- About: WWO is committed to improving the City of Ottawa’s waste management practices and contributing to a greening of the City by supporting the development of new and improved waste diversion programs and initiatives designed to minimize the amount of waste being disposed of and avoiding the greenhouse gas impacts associated with waste generation and waste disposal. WWO researches and reviews new ways forward, and advocates for a new waste diversion policy in Ottawa.
- About: Simply put, “Climate Justice, Indigenous- Led”. The ICA works to inspire, connect, and support Indigenous Peoples to reinforce their place as leaders in climate change discourse and driving solutions today for and tomorrow. Their work is grounded in four main pathways: Gatherings, Resources and Tools, Amplifying Voices, and Supporting Indigenous Sovereignty.
- LSC works with people to help improve their understanding of healthy ecosystems, support grass-roots community stewardship efforts, and encourage the development of practices and policies that support sustainable resource use. They strive to enable people and organizations to become better stewards.
- About: A grassroots organization in Ottawa working on peace, social justice, and environmental issues with an emphasis on local activities.
- About: RCEN’s primary role is to support environmental NGO’s by providing them with valuable networking and communication services. RCEN acts as a vital bridge between large and small groups and individuals in Canada.