CELA gives a voice to those who have the least power to be heard when it comes to decision making.
CELA advocates for the integrity and strength of domestic environmental law in light of regional, bilateral and multilateral agreements. We monitor and respond to international agreements that may adversely affect the ability of all levels of government in Canada to enact and enforce environmental laws.
CELA has been helping people face pollution and other environmental problems for 40 years. We work on behalf of both individuals and non-profit citizen or community groups.
If we want to reduce the disastrous impacts of our dependence on fossil fuels, including their enormous contribution to climate change and air and water pollution, then we need to accelerate the shift to clean, green energy.
If we want to protect the natural areas that filter our water, clean our air and support wild creatures, farmlands that produce our foods, and waterways that provide our drinking water, then. We need strong planning systems, including objective environmental assessments, to steer our decision making.
CELA works closely with Canada’s leading doctors and public health experts as well as other environmental and community organizations on environmental health issues.
As Canadians we tend to take water for granted. But threats to water quantity and quality are all around us, from poorly planned development, water diversions and uncontrolled consumption, to direct pollution. CELA has a long history of working to improve water source protection and to stop water pollution.