West Coast Environmental Law harnesses the power of law to solve complex environmental challenges.
They are transforming environmental decision-making and strengthening legal protection for the environment through collaborative legal strategies that bridge Indigenous and Canadian law.
By putting the law in the hands of communities and creating legal risk for those who would harm the land, air and water, they are building the collective power to achieve a more just and sustainable future for all.
Since 1974, West Coast has successfully worked with communities, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and all levels of government, including First Nations governments, to develop proactive legal solutions to protect and sustain the environment.
For over forty years, they have been actively promoting progressive environmental law reform in BC and across Canada, helping to establish and shape many of the most significant environmental law initiatives. They work closely with the colleagues in other environmental organizations, often playing a leading role in collective efforts to achieve environmental goals.
West Coast has a unique approach that uses hard-hitting and in-depth legal research and analysis to engage citizens, catalyze coalitions, mobilize allies, and influence decision-makers to implement environmental law reform. They work with all levels of government – federal, provincial, local and Indigenous – to develop strong laws that safeguard lands, waters, communities and the climate.
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