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We believe that every voice counts, everyone can make a difference and together our small changes will have a huge impact.
Our intention was to do something to help out, to do our part.
We started by talking about our experiences trying to be more eco-friendly. We talked about what we tried and what worked. The more we talked, the more we saw that together we could make a difference.
Slowly, we created a fun and interactive community where people could ask questions and share their ideas. Our goal was to spark the motivation in people to take these tips out into the real world and together we would be the proof that small changes can have huge impacts.
Out of these ideas of raising awareness and collective action, What's Your Impact was born.
Created in 2006, What's Your Impact is a registered non-profit organization that was formed by a group of international environmental activists and is now based in Montreal, Canada. Our efforts are concentrated on creating awareness about climate change and how everyone can help fight it.
Over the years, our research expanded to get a better understanding of the causes and effects of climate change. All efforts were supported 100% by our volunteers who would squeeze in research time after work, on weekends or whenever else they could.
We focus on providing information and tools to help people recognize their impact and encourage them to take action. This includes a variety of educational materials about climate change, greenhouse gases, global warming and carbon footprints using our Greenhouse Gas Emissions Calculator, amongst others.
WYI has 3 main goals:
- Facilitating access to information on climate change and solutions to help fight it.
- Find and apply new solutions to global warming that are green yet practical.
- Catalyze people to start taking or to take bigger steps in helping the environment.
Environmental consciousness has to be actively built, and we strive to provide educational institutions, businesses, governmental organizations and most importantly regular citizens with the needed material to make informed choices on how they can help fight climate change and global warming.
We are actively engaged in the Montreal area. Amongst others we provide educational institutions (daycares, schools, etc) and other organizations with informative and attractive material to create sensibility for climate change and global warming. Additionally, we closely act in alignment on the international stage with our affiliations SEDA-Laos and Tunza Mazingira in the South-Kivu (Democratic Republic of Congo) and the African great lakes regions. In Laos, for example, projects focus on communities combining innovative technologies with indigenous knowledge as a way to mitigate climate change.
WYI exists to encourage personal action. We offer concrete and simple ways of how to fight climate change. Helpful tools, found on the website, make it easy for everyone to take little steps. With new articles shared regularly, we're helping our community to become a little bit more green step by step. All while making it easy and fun.
The power of leaving a better life for both present and future generations is in our hands, right here and right now. The more of us there are to take little steps to protect our environment the less the overall harming effect on our climate. And by uniting, we can even lean on industries and governmental bodies to get active as well.
As a non-profit organization, we rely on your financial support to do the work we do. Donations to WYI are used for our programs, information materials and public engagement as well as necessary overhead costs like accounting, legal and administration. Your donations are used in majority to:
- Increase public awareness.
- Inform people about current scientific and political developments.
- Teach people how to reduce their individual impact.
- To shape popular opinion in order to drive real change.