Background

The Pembina Foundation for Environmental Research and Education supports initiatives to develop our understanding of the ways we produce and consume energy, of the impact of these means on the environment and on communities, and of options for the more sustainable use of natural energy resources.

Pembina acts as the coordinating partner for The Strathmere Group.

Full Description

At the conclusion of the Foundation’s capacity-building program for national environmental organizations in 2005, environmental lawyer Jerry de Marco produced a reflective paper titled Ideas for a More Effective Environmental Movement in Canada. Its first recommendation was that environmental non-government organizations (ENGOs) must overcome the “silos” isolating them from one another in order to “think and act like a movement”.

The Strathmere Group was formed in response to that need. Collectively, its 11member organizations[1] have over 358,000 members, 420 staff and annual budgets totaling over $50 million. The coalition’s purposes are to develop movement strategy, collaborate on communications, harmonize human resource policies and reduce fundraising costs.

The Foundation’s grant supports specific collaborative projects (see ‘Tomorrow Today’ under Knowledge Produced by this grant, below) and enables member Executive Directors and senior staff to meet at regular intervals.


[1] Pembina Institute, World Wildlife Fund, EcoJustice Canada, Nature Canada, Sierra Club of Canada, Pollution Probe, Greenpeace, Environmental Defence, Equiterre, David Suzuki Foundation and the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society.

 

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