Ecojustice Donor Story

A legacy to protect the earth’s future

Tess Conrad
Planned Giving Officer

Alison Etter explores the cross-country ski trails near Nelson, BC. To protect the environment long-term, she has chosen to leave a legacy gift to Ecojustice.

Alison Etter is a long-time supporter of Ecojustice who has always appreciated nature. Even though she grew up in the heart of the city of Montreal, her father frequently took her family out camping in the wilderness. “It was with the old-style canvas tents – so if it rained you got wet!” Her father had grown up in an abandoned lumber camp in Northern Saskatchewan, where the only way to get into town for supplies was by canoe. Living off the land, he developed a deep affinity for nature and passed that on.

Alison continued to share her joy of nature when she was teaching English as a second language in Vancouver. Most of her students were from cities in China and Taiwan and never had a chance to experience wilderness. She teamed up with John Clarke, the legendary Coastal Mountain explorer and winner of the Order of Canada. John would come into the classroom and show slides of his adventures, and lead her students on afternoon trips to see old growth trees in secret locations in Stanley Park or the North Shore.

John spoke very highly of the Sierra Legal Defense Fund (which subsequently changed its name to Ecojustice) and suggested that becoming a monthly donor would be a highly effective way for Alison to protect the environment, a goal they both shared. In over 20 years of giving, Alison has contributed to many victories, but she also sees an increasing need to uphold environmental law.

Alison became a legacy donor to Ecojustice for the same reason she became a monthly donor – to protect the environment long- term. “Leaving a legacy gift to Ecojustice in my Will is a way to help ensure governments and companies will continue to be held accountable into the future. I am concerned about recent trends in politics where environmental protections are disregarded or scrapped altogether. If governments are not following their own laws, who is going to hold them responsible? An emotional plea is not enough, and that is why I value Ecojustice’s strategic and innovative litigations to hold them to account,” says Alison.

“In the face of increasing disasters due to climate change and poor or ignored regulations, it is imperative we do everything within our power to protect this planet and its inhabitants into the future, which is why I have chosen to leave a legacy to Ecojustice.”

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