The Sierra Club Canada Foundation was created in 1963. The Sierra Club Canada is affiliated with the Sierra Club Foundation; an environmental preservation organization, founded in 1892, in San Francisco California. The Foundation works to preserve the natural environment and to empower people to be stewards of the earth in their communities. Additionally, the Atlantic Chapter of the Sierra Club works through “education and action to green the economy and protect the environment. We engage in projects designed to connect children to nature, protect wildlife and wild spaces, and to offer solutions to climate change.”
One of Sierra Club Atlantic’s project is the Re-Imagining Atlantic Harbours (RAH) 2050 project which aims to install an interactive water-quality testing station and interpretive panel along the Halifax harbourfront. The panel will feature a map showcasing the harbour, its eight watersheds, and the urban environment as one marine ecosystem with historic and ecological value. The goal is to highlight basic water-quality parameters necessary for swimmable, drinkable, fishable harbours, and help locals and visitors use and interpret interactive water-sampling devices, providing hands-on engagement with the Halifax harbour.
Kelly Schnare, Program Manager, and a group of core individuals have been developing RAH2050 for two years. “The program aims to give locals and visitors an interactive way to learn about the Halifax harbour as a living marine ecosystem and to empower them as citizen scientists”. Halifax Water, Halifax Waterfront Development, Department of Fisheries, Ocean Viewer, and Watermark Project have helped grow this pilot initiative through financial and consultative support and collaboration.
Sierra Club Atlantic Website:http://www.sierraclub.ca/en/atlantic
RAH 2050 Website: www.rah2050.org
RAH 2050 Facebook : @rah2050
Address: 3384 Albert St., Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 3N2
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