Inequitable solutions are not solutions.

Underserved populations bear the burdens of the environmental crises more than others. 

In Canada, many of our most underserved communities live in rural areas where they may be more reliant on nature for their livelihoods. They’re also affected by activities like mining and logging, making them more vulnerable to biodiversity loss and climate change.

Truly equitable solutions to the environmental crisis will actually be more sustainable in the long-run. Indigenous worldviews take a long-term view of nature, the “7 generations” perspective. And a UBC study found that Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) have a 30% less decline in biodiversity than areas managed by non-Indigenous groups.

Here in Canada, we have a long way to go to battle environmental inequity. But at JGIC, there are reasons for hope.

Environmental Inequity: Reasons for Hope

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The Convergence of 3 Crises

Here’s how environmental inequity connects with climate change and biodiversity loss.

By no fault of their own, marginalized communities are often forced to make decisions that degrade the environment so they can feed and protect their families. For example, swaths of forests in the Chimpscapes of Africa have been cut down to provide fuel and heat to communities that have no other alternatives. And the bushmeat trade, which annihilates threatened animal populations, is sometimes the only avenue to put food on someone’s table or money in their pockets. When we address inequity among our fellow human beings, we are helping to preserve animals and the environment simultaneously.

Our community-centred approach addresses this convergence head-on. We prioritize equitable human health and wellness so that everyone can live more sustainable lives in harmony with nature.

We have so far to go to realize our human potential for compassion, altruism, and love.

Dr. Jane Goodall

How We’re Tackling Environmental Inequity

Canada Programs

Uncovering Common Ground

We’re bringing young people of all backgrounds together to learn from each other and implement inclusive solutions for animals, people, and the environment.

Africa Programs

Building Community Resilience to Climate Change in Senegal

We’re supporting communities in Senegal, particularly women, to implement nature-based solutions to climate change.

News & Updates

Dr. Jane

Dr. Jane in the New York Times: “2024 is the Most Consequential Voting Year Yet”

“Half of the population of the planet is going to be voting. This year could be the most consequential voting year in terms of the fate of our planet.” – Dr. Jane Goodall In a recent New York Times article, Dr. Jane Goodall was quoted as saying “2024 is the most consequential voting year yet,” […]

Jane Goodall looking out onto green hills of Africa. Used on the Join Team Goodall page for the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, encouraging people to give monthly to the Institute and Jane Goodall's legacy.
News and Updates

Canadian Leadership in a Deeply Insecure World: An Open Letter to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Signed by 100 of Canada’s Leading International Cooperation Agencies, Including the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada Dear Prime Minister Trudeau, The repercussions of climate-induced disasters, armed conflicts, the rise of authoritarianism and attacks against women’s and children’s rights have profoundly unsettled the bedrock of our global liberal democratic institutions. It has also led to the […]

Dr. Jane

 An Urgent Call for Integrated Solutions at COP28 

This statement was published by the Jane Goodall Institute global family, of which JGI Canada is a proud part. The Climate crisis is here with us as we approach COP 28. Forests are burning. Oceans are rising. Studies show we have less than a decade to prevent temperatures from growing more than 1.5 degrees. Anything […]