What We Do

CANE-AIIE members are part of a committed group, dedicated to taking a stand on planetary health issues
that threaten the health and well-being of Canadians and the planet as a whole.


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:

Current Campaigns

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


CANE-AIIE is dedicated to promoting the education of nurses and students in the context of planetary health.
Canadian Association of Nurses for the Environment

Why Education?

Accelerating environmental change has disrupted the global conditions on which we humans have depended for thousands of years.

Climate change, pollution, loss of biodiversity, land degradation, industrial agriculture, and the resulting changes to fundamental elements such as our diet are causing a heavy burden of disease in all dimensions of human physical, mental and spiritual health.

Nurses have been called to develop their capacity in helping people adapt to the changes resulting from planetary disruption. In order to respond adequately to this call, nurses need a robust educational foundation, understanding the links between environmental disruption and human health.

This section provides tools for nurses to integrate this knowledge.


Beyond the Slogans: Understanding the ecological consciousness of nurses to advance ecohealth knowledge and practice

An Education Program for Family Nurses about Environmental Health

Press Room

Keep abreast of Upcoming Events,
News items, Updates and Action Alerts.

Upcoming Events

Special Invitation for Nurses to attend and contribute

The BC Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) invites you to attend this virtual conference on October 30. A special rate for nurses is available. You are also invited to submit work to the Showcase (deadline: September 30). Find out more at the link below.

Responding to Code Red for Humanity - The Health Crises: COVID-19 and Climate

Speakers include James Pasternak, City of Toronto Councillor
and Dr Kerry Bowman, Bioethicist and Conservationist
- September 26, 2021 at 11 am - 1 pm EST

News and Updates


Canadian Nurses Association. (2021).  Policy and Advocacy. https://www.cna-aiic.ca/en/policy-advocacy

Gottlieb, L. (2013). Strengths-based nursing care: health and healing for person and family. New York: Springer Pub. Co