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Our members have been working to promote fair trade since 1996. At the time, there were only two points of sale for fair trade products in all of Quebec. Although fair trade products like coffee, chocolate and bananas are now readily available, North-South inequities persist.  With the exception of the occasional fundraising item, we have never sold fair trade products....
Mass car use is responsible for air pollution that seriously undermines public health and causes climate change. Quebec's increase in greenhouse gas emissions is mainly due to the 21.9% increase in traffic on our roads (1) . This increased dependency on cars has other negative effects on society. Car payments, insurance, gas, parking, upkeep... Accidents, road maintenance,...
In 2002, Equiterre resolved to offer employees and volunteers a healthier, more accessible workplace. At the same time, we started to develop our expertise in sustainable building, calling for new standards and practices for construction and renovation. We have since launched two green building projects: the Centre for Sustainable Development (currently under construction and...
Over 15 years' experience! Bringing together experts from different fields to propose realistic solutions to environmental and social problems for people, businesses and governments. A solutions-based approach backed by facts, thanks to our in-house research team and our partners in academia.
Every choice we make as a consumer has an impacton the environment and on society. When we choose something because it is environmentally friendly or socially just, we make it easier for more such products and services to be developed in the future. To be a responsible consumer is to realize that wehave the power to help change the world through the choices that we make...
The most important part of Equiterre's mission is to get citizens involved, especially as members or volunteers. In 2004, some of our members met up in Trois-Rivières to discuss concrete ways they could help the environment and promote social justice. The result was the Mauricie action group, the first Equiterre group of its kind, which has since been joined by action groups...
The I get around...my neighbourhood! campaign revitalizes our communities with active transportation, public transit and local shopping. This program encourages us all – citizens, merchants, builders and officials – to rethink the way we inhabit our communities. When we are more active locally, we not only improve quality of life, but also protect the environment...
Since 2006, we have continued the work of the Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (CAP), which was influential in the 2003 adoption in Quebec of the Pesticides Management Code, a regulation that restricts the use and sale of chemical pesticides for cosmetic purposes – the first regulation of its kind in North America!   Equiterre's ecological horticulture...