Dianne Saxe is an environmental lawyer who has an extensive career in advocating for environment, climate and sustainability in our society both locally and globally. In her private practice and as the former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, Dianne has come to understand much of the issues threatening our planet. Her message is clear and her concerns real as the effects of climate change become more and more visible around us. But she also has hope and optimism in a brighter future if we all appreciate the impact our activities have on our environment and take personal responsibility for our daily actions. She is optimistic that together we will make a difference…in her view we have to.
Links and Resources from Dianne
Dianne has a wealth of experience and knowledge in her field and shared many resources and organizations that bring value to this topic. Visit her website to see all the resources she provides.
Reports published as Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Dianne’s time in this role provided her with an incredible opportunity to contribute to the environmental impact body of knowledge. Some references to consider include:
Environmental Protection Reports
- Environmental Protection Report- Small Steps Forward Volume 1
- Environmental Protection Report- Small Steps Forward Volume 2
- Good Choices, Bad Choices: Environmental Rights and Environmental Protection in Ontario – 2017
- Back to Basics: 2018 Environmental Protection Report
Greenhouse Gas Progress Reports
Energy Conservation Progress Reports
- Conservation: Let’s get Serious- Annual Energy Conservation Progress Report – 2015/2016
- Every Drop Counts: Reducing the Energy and Climate Footprint of Ontario’s Water use – 2016/2017
- Every Joule Counts: Ontario’s Energy Use and Conservation Year in Review – 2016/2017
- Making Connections: Straight Talk about Electricity in Ontario
- Developing the 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan
- EBR Performance Check-up – Respect for Ontario Environmental Rights 2015/2016
- Beyond the Blue Box: Ontario’s Fresh Start on Waste Diversion and the Circular Economy – 2017
Royal Ontario Museum Creates Climate Change Curator
Diana also shared her role on the selection panel for the new climate change curator that was created at the Royal Ontario Museum. She says that this is a wonderful addition to the offerings of the museum as we need to be more transparent about the impacts on our natural environment. The announcement of Allan and Helaine Shiff Curatorship was made at the end of September 2020 as part of the broader institutional commitment to address global climate crisis, and the selection process will continue through the rest of 2020.
Green Economy Heroes Climate Podcast
Dianne launched a podcast in early 2020 focused on showcasing green economy businesses and initiatives that are succeeding in the green economy. 33 episodes and growing.