Ecology Action Centre (EAC) is Atlantic Canada’s oldest and largest environmental organization, working at the local, regional, national international level to help build a healthier and more sustainable world. EAC works on a variety of issues, including sustainable transportation, energy, forestry and wilderness, built environment, food, coastal and water issues, and fisheries conservation. As a community partner in the international Community Conservation Research Network (CCRN), EAC is exploring what the social-ecological systems (SES) lens can reveal about how conservation strategies play out on different scales and levels and how these may complement and contradict one another “on the ground”.
Sadie Beaton grew up in rural Nova Scotia where she could see a working wharf from her bedroom window and enjoyed countless hours exploring the rugged shorelines and scrubby Acadian forest. She eventually moved to Halifax where she got a B.A. in English from Kings College and a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University. Sadie has been a part of the Ecology Action Centre marine team since 2004 and has worked on issues from beach management to community-based fisheries advocacy, and helped facilitate the start-up of a small fishing co-operative to carry out the first Community Supported Fishery in Atlantic Canada.
These days she works as the Ecology Action Centre’s CCRN Research Coordinator, building case studies and communications related to community approaches to forest stewardship and wilderness protection, measuring outcomes in food security work, and exploring meanings and motivation in the growing environmental justice movement.