The earth is the only home we have. It’s the only planet in this vast universe where you can hop in a kayak and explore the pristine island coastlines and ancient cedar forests of Haida Gwaii. If you’re lucky, you might even see a majestic humpback whale breach the clear waters, all the while enjoying and being renewed by nature.

Nature is a living legacy — one that has been handed down to us from past generations. And I believe it is our responsibility to carry this legacy forward for future generations.

When it came time to draw up my will, I gave a lot a thought to how I could do my part to uphold this legacy. With the support of my family, I decided to leave a gift for Ecojustice, Canada’s largest environmental law charity, in my will.

It was an easy choice to make. We each have a role to play in leaving the earth a better place than we found it. Some of us are activists or make our voices heard through the political process. Some of us are fortunate enough to find ourselves in a position where we can support organizations like Ecojustice, who I applaud for representing community-based environmental organizations that benefit from their legal expertise.

And today, the stakes are higher than ever. Our coast is under threat from the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion, a project that would dramatically increase the risk of a catastrophic oil spill in B.C.’s coastal waters. I want my legacy gift to ensure Ecojustice can go to court to counter this threat and others that are still to come.

Inspiration comes from seeing the past victories Ecojustice and others have achieved around environmental issues. Knowing that it’s possible to create positive change for future generations gives me hope and encourages me to never give up. I’m comforted to know that Ecojustice is there, ready to hold corporations and government to account and defend our living legacy for generations to come.

Last updated: July 8, 2022