CANE-AIIE is dedicated to informing and advocating for planetary health balance and stability across the nation.
We believe that nurses should be at the forefront of this advocacy.
To that end, we present current key issues that require awareness, advocacy and action.
Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Why Advocacy?


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:

Latest Campaigns

LNG Health Hazard

BC’s LNG industry is fuelling catastrophic wildfires, extreme heat, and flooding that threaten our health. Join us in demanding a healthier future for our patients and communities.

Why is LNG a Health Hazard?

Fossil gas infrastructure and fracking have expanded rapidly across BC despite the increasing body of scientific evidence indicating that these activities pose significant risks to public health. As healthcare professionals committed to safeguarding public health, we are issuing a health advisory on LNG and fracking in BC due to the following risks:

  • Fuelling Climate Change
  • Air Pollution
  • Water Depletion and Contamination
  • Adverse Community Health Impacts

Please Join Us!

We developed this campaign to raise awareness of the climate and health risks of LNG in BC, and the availability of healthier, non-polluting, and sustainable alternatives. Join the Campaign Now!


Fossil Fuel Ads Make Us Sick

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

Download CANE Social Media Amplification Toolkit and share on your social media accounts to spread the word!

Take Action by signing your name to the Open Letter

Take Action

Nurses Climate Challenge

CANE supports the Nurses Climate Challenge, a collaboration between Health Care Without Harm and the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments. It is the first national campaign aiming to leverage the unique and trusted voice of nurses to motivate the health care sector to action.

Nurses Drawdown

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.

Nurses Drawdown Campaign

Unnatural Gas

Unnatural Gas, a public awareness campaign by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
and Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment about the climate and health damage from natural gas
Earth Day Healthy Recovery

Earth Day Healthy Recovery Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

Statement of Solidarity for the Wet’suwet’en People

Statement of Solidarity for the Wet’suwet’en People