About the AEN

The Alberta Environmental Network (AEN) connects Albertans and environmental groups that are dedicated to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment. As a non-profit and non-partisan organization, the AEN supports collaboration of the environmental community throughout the province.

Learn more about the Alberta Environmental Network.

Connecting Alberta’s environmental groups

We are a network of individuals and groups working together on shared concerns. AEN members include individuals and representatives from member groups that connect, collaborate and share information.

The AEN is a link between the environmental community and government, industry, the media and all Albertans. View our current member groups.

Join the network

Albertans and environmental groups are welcome to join the AEN as members – there are memberships for both individuals and groups. Members contribute to preserving and protecting Alberta’s environment by sharing information and collaborating on shared issues. Learn more about becoming a member of the AEN.

The AEN supports an inclusive and diverse environmental community for all Albertans. 

Add your input on sustainable outdoor recreation

Initiative: 
Sustainable outdoor recreation engagement
Deadline: 
15 Jan 2021

The Alberta government is planning on updating parks and public land legislation in 2021, and they are currently requesting input on outdoor recreation in the province.

There are two quick ways to share your ideas on the role and opportunities of recreation in the province. The deadline for feedback is January 15, 2021. Read more about Add your input on sustainable outdoor recreation

Coal Mining in Alberta's Eastern Slopes

First Nations and landowners request review of coal policy rescindment

Court challenges are expected to begin next week over the Alberta government’s decision to rescind the coal policy, which restricted exploration and development of open-pit coal mines in the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Read more about Coal Mining in Alberta's Eastern Slopes

Issue Brief: Canada's Climate Action Plan

On the eve of the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement, the federal government released its new climate action plan—A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy (PDF). The plan comes on the heels of the government's tabling of Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, and of investments in climate action in the government's Fall Economic Statement. Read more about Issue Brief: Canada's Climate Action Plan

Tell ENMAX to set a net-zero target

From the Calgary Climate Hub website:

Will you sign the Calgary Climate Hub's letter asking ENMAX to commit to a target of net-zero emissions by 2050?

“As we work towards economic recovery and diversification, more companies are demanding decisive action on climate,” said Dr. Joe Vipond, Co-chair of the Calgary Climate Hub. “Having our electricity generation net-zero would send a clear signal that Calgary is serious about the climate crisis and entering the green economy.” Read more about Tell ENMAX to set a net-zero target

Grassy Mountain Coal Project

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Mountains near Blairmore, Alberta

Crowsnest Pass mountains from Blairmore

The oral portion of the public hearing for Benga Mining Ltd.'s proposed Grassy Mountain Coal Project in the Crowsnest Pass concluded on December 2. The next step in the federal impact assessment process is for the Joint Review Panel to draft the Impact Assessment Report, Consultation Report, and recommend potential conditions for submission to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

Grassy Mountain is the first of at least six mountain-top removal coal mines proposed by large Australian mining companies in various stages of regulatory approval in the region. There are more than 50,000 ha of the Old Man River headwaters under lease for future mountain-top removal mining.

Public hearing

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Grassroots Conservation Group Taking the City to Court

Edmonton, Alberta, December 10, 2020 – Local grassroots non-profit Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition has filed a request for judicial review regarding the City of Edmonton’s rezoning of 99 acres of river valley parkland for an Epcor industrial solar plant. Read more about Grassroots Conservation Group Taking the City to Court

Federal government introduces net-zero emissions bill

On November 19, Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathon Wilkinson tabled Bill C-12, An Act respecting transparency and accountability in Canada’s efforts to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050 in the House of Commons. The legislation, if passed, would require the federal government to set a series of 5-year interim emissions reduction targets beginning in 2030 progressing to the ultimate target of net-zero emissions by 2050. Read more about Federal government introduces net-zero emissions bill

Continuing the Sacrifice of the Eastern Slopes to Old King Coal

Yesterday, the Alberta government took another step towards turning Alberta’s Eastern Slopes into little more than a string of coal mines. Nearly 2,000 hectares of coal leases were offered for sale in the Rockies of southern Alberta. This offering, together with existing coal leases and applications for coal leases, confirms the government’s ambition to sacrifice the southern Alberta mountain landscape for coal. Read more about Continuing the Sacrifice of the Eastern Slopes to Old King Coal

Conservation of Wood Buffalo National Park of ‘significant concern’, local Indigenous communities and environmental organizations say more action is needed

EDMONTON, AB – The ongoing precarious state of Wood Buffalo National Park was internationally recognized today by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which stated in a report assessing all of its World Heritage Sites, that its conservation outlook is of “significant concern”. This assessment came only one day after the Government of Canada was due to submit a State of Conservation update report to the UN on the federal government’s implementation of the Wood Buffalo National Park Action Plan to recover the park. The Action Plan was announced nearly two years ago, but Indigenous communities and environmental organizations have consistently expressed concerns about the need for more resources and timely actions to reflect the scope and severity of threats.  Read more about Conservation of Wood Buffalo National Park of ‘significant concern’, local Indigenous communities and environmental organizations say more action is needed

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