Welcome to the Science and Learning Centre
Welcome to the David Suzuki Foundation’s free online library containing more than two decades’ worth of original science, research and policy work.
This library is a resource for scientists, researchers, journalists, students, activists and others. We hope it helps connect you with the work of our Science and Policy experts, advancing our collective knowledge of the environmental movement, the challenges we face and the solutions within our grasp.
Use the robust “Search” function above to browse reports, briefings and accompanying documents authored by our team and partners. You’ll find credible information on biodiversity, climate change, environmental rights, oceans and fresh water, and sustainable cities.
Our commitment to evidence-based information and analysis helps us promote progressive policy-making and public awareness of complex environmental issues. To uphold truly scientific principles, we commit to having our research and analyses peer-reviewed, delivering transparency and easy access to relevant information, and ensuring accuracy in our communications.
Bringing Corporate Purpose into the Mainstream: Directions for Canadian Law
This report provides legal recommendations to the Canada Business Corporations Act in order to mainstream the idea that corporations should have a stated social purpose as a necessary step in the broader transition to a well-being economy.
Butterflies in My Backyard (BIMBY) — The Great B.C. Butterfly Search report
Although insects around the world are rapidly disappearing because of habitat loss, urbanization, pesticide use and climate change, much can be done to reverse the alarming trend. The David Suzuki Foundation’s Butterflyway Project is an excellent example of how people from all walks of life can positively affect butterfly populations by planting butterfly habitat. In addition to creating or restoring insect habitat, we also need a better understanding of where beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies are found, and which species may need extra conservation efforts.
Increasing Equitable Adaptation to Climate Change: Scenarios for Planting 500,000 new Trees in Montreal
Following the City of Montreal's goal to plant 500,000 new trees on its territory by 2030, this study evaluates and proposes a planting strategy that optimizes equitable climate adaptation, while maximizing the long-term resilience of the urban forest and its benefits.
Re: Bill S-5, Strengthening Environmental Protection for a Healthier Canada Act
This brief outlines comments from five organizations, including the David Suzuki Foundation, on key features of Bill S-5 and provides recommendations for improvements.
Joint Letter: Securing Robust Clean Energy Regulations
Forty-six organizations delivered this letter to the Government of Canada to send a clear message that robust clean electricity regulations are needed to avoid dead-end pathways and achieve a net-zero electricity system by 2035 throughout Canada.
“Keeping the Lights On: Discussing solutions for energy poverty in Canada” (Webinar recording)
This webinar discussion focused on how energy poverty affects people in Canada, as well as solutions for clean, affordable energy for all. It also presents a new report, “Keeping the Lights On: Ensuring energy affordability, equity, and access in the transition to clean electricity in Canada."
Implementing equity: a renewable Regina that works for everyone
Real climate action in cities often hinges on whether policies designed to address climate change also promote equity. This report explores how the City of Regina can successfully implement equity into its climate policy.
Keeping the Lights On: Ensuring energy affordability, equity and access in the transition to clean electricity in Canada
This report focuses on energy poverty in Canada. Almost one in 10 Canadian households spends more than 10 per cent of their income on energy bills. The authors lay out solutions — ranging from a national energy poverty strategy to free heat pumps — to ease the burden.
Governance Back: Exploring Indigenous Approaches to Reclaiming Relationships With Land
The case study examples in this report show that change is possible. Ecological and social justice can be advanced through creative initiatives that return land stewardship responsibilities, relationships and accompanying livelihoods to Indigenous Peoples.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY — For Environmental Justice in Quebec: Facts, Arguments, Courses of Action
This Executive Summary provides an overview of the environmental justice situation in Quebec, makes the case for taking action and recommends ways for Quebec to catch up and take a leadership role on climate change and environmental governance by addressing equity, public health and human rights issues.
For Environmental Justice in Quebec: Facts, Arguments, Courses of Action
The report titled For Environmental Justice in Quebec: Facts, Arguments, Courses of Action provides an overview of the environmental justice situation in Quebec, makes the case for taking action and recommends ways for Quebec to catch up and take a leadership role on climate change and environmental governance.
Greening Ottawa to Increase Resilience and Equity: Study on Citizens’ Preferences Regarding the Urban Forest
The results of this study indicate that Ottawans want a forest-management approach that is different from current greening practices and should be seen as a clear message to decision-makers to redirect public funds towards improving natural infrastructure, an approach that will allow for greater resilience to climate change.