According to the Canadian Nurses Association (2021), advocacy involves engaging others, exercising one’s voice, and mobilizing evidence to influence policy and practice. It entails speaking out against inequity and inequality and participating directly and indirectly in political processes and acknowledging the importance of evidence, power, and politics in advancing policy options.
Advocating requires the nurse to have courage and self-efficacy and requires the nurse to act with integrity in standing up for one’s beliefs, fighting for what is right, even when confronted with opposition, in the belief that one can be an agent of change (Gottlieb, 2013). We at CANE are pleased to highlight some of our work concerning advocacy:
Our "Fossil Fuel Ads Make Us Sick" campaign launches today, with an open letter to the federal government signed by over 700,000 health professionals who all agree: it’s time to ban fossil fuel advertising.
As a voice for nurses, we have a responsibility to speak up when we think people’s health is in danger. Air pollution from fossil fuels causes between 15,000 and 34,000 premature deaths in Canada each year.
“Fossil fuels affect those who are least able to protect themselves or have a choice in protecting themselves, including those living in poverty and racialized populations who are most likely to live in areas of increased air pollution related to fossil fuels,”
- Jacqueline Avanthay Strus, CANE President
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Through commitment to the evidence-based Nurses Drawdown actions, nurses will improve the health of individuals and communities, while also taking steps to heal the planet. Nurses from around the world are invited to join the Nurses Drawdown movement by taking personal and professional action in five key areas: Energy, Food, Gender equity, Mobility, and Nature-based solutions.