An Environmentalists’ Tool Kit
Published by the New Brunswick Environmental Network Revised 2011
(Original Publication 1994)
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New Brunswick is blessed with extensive forest lands, great rivers, beautiful coastlines, and closely-knit communities. In every community, there are committed citizens working for the protection and restoration of these precious resources. This commitment is reflected in the rapid growth of the environmental movement: from the twenty founding groups of the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN) in 1990 to 87 member groups in 2011.
The work of these citizen groups is valuable to their communities. This work is often difficult. It demands a commitment of time and energy, and it takes its toll on the people and on the organizations. A major role of the NBEN is to support environmental groups in their work, and, to this end, the Environmentalists’ Tool Kit was developed. The tools in this kit are intended to help strengthen organizations. They consist of practical tips on strategizing, organizing, working with other people, and on taking care of yourself.
The kit was designed to be a reference, something that could be pulled off the shelf to find needed information quickly and easily. The sections stand alone and can be easily printed for circulation within an organization. In this way, members of a group can work together to address the challenges that they face as an organization.
We would like to acknowledge the efforts of the many people who contributed to this Tool Kit. As well, we would like to thank the citizens across New Brunswick who, through their tireless work, have made a personal investment in the future of our common environment.
The research and development of this kit was a project initiative of the New Brunswick Environmental Network (NBEN). Funding for the 1994 version was provided by the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund and for the 2011 revision by Mountian Equipment Coop. Inka Milewski and George Peabody researched and wrote the text; George Peabody performed the final edit. Ronald Fournier prepared the translation and conducted research. Many NBEN member groups helped with the project, as did the Saint John Volunteer Centre, and Guy Cyr of Multiculturalism and Citizenship Canada (Moncton). The 2011 revision would not have been possible without the editing of Raissa Marks and formatting and online design by Brenna Coles. Special thanks to Janice Harvey, Mary Ann Coleman, and Julia Chadwick whose words and experiences in environmental organizing constitute a great portion of this kit.