What does creating a legacy mean to you? At Ecojustice, it means using our unique blend of legal and scientific expertise to set strong precedents to protect the air, water and land that we — and all living beings — rely on for years to come.

One of the many ways our supporters help ensure our long term success is by using their will and estate plan as seeds for change, ensuring that even after they’re gone, Ecojustice can continue to hold polluters and lawbreakers to account.

Cliff Wallis and Anna Cathrall are among the legacy donors who have chosen to support Ecojustice by making a bequest in their will.

From volunteering as a young woman in Africa and later joining with community groups dedicated to protecting streams and water ways and creating a beautiful garden, Anna never stopped giving and making a difference.

“Anna was very much aware of the problems facing the world and had a strong desire to create change,” said Chris Kelsey, her friend of more than 15 years.

Cliff (pictured, left) has a special perspective on Ecojustice’s impact. Not only is he a long-time supporter of our work, he’s one of our clients as a director of Alberta Wilderness Association.

He’s seen firsthand how Ecojustice’s successful bids to protect the Greater Sage-grouse and woodland caribou have led to collaboration amongst industry, ranchers, local communities and government to implement restoration plans for the prairies and the boreal forest devastated by tar sands expansion.

“Ecojustice will continue to play a crucial role in protection and restoring our natural heritage for future generations,” he said.

Personally, when I think of my legacy I wonder what it would mean to be a responsible ancestor. One of my favorites, spoken word poet and activist Drew Dellinger shared in his poem “Hieroglyphic Stairway”:

it’s 3:23 in the morning
and I’m awake

because my great great grandchildren

won’t let me sleep

my great great grandchildren ask me in dreams

what did you do while the planet was plundered?

what did you do when the earth was unravelling?

surely you did something when the seasons started failing

…what did you do

once

you

knew?

For me it’s a worthy call to continually check in and ask myself what I can do now to work towards a better tomorrow. I know this will change over time and I will continue in this way because I believe a healthier planet is possible.

Ecojustice is now nearly 25 years old.  As our annual Victories Reports demonstrate, our approach gets results. However, it requires a long-term investment from our staff and our supporters. That’s why the generous commitment and care made by our supports including those who have left a gift in their will give us the confidence to tackle today’s most pressing environmental issues to help create a future we can be proud of.

We appreciate your feedback. To share your thoughts on what legacy means to you and to learn more about creating a bequest or other legacy gift to Ecojustice, please click here.