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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some answers to the most frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about how you can get involved with Blue Ecology™, please contact us.


What exactly is the Blue Ecology Theory/Philosophy?

The five principles of the Blue Ecology Theory stand at the core of Blue Ecology™. They are shown in and defined by the Circle of Life and taught by Indigenous elders as an ethos for taking care of Mother Earth.

The five principles are spirit, unity, respect, harmony, and balance, and you can read the details about each of them here. Adopting those principles means a change in attitude and a more respectful interaction with nature.

Blue Ecology™ believes in humanity’s great collective potential to find climate change solutions by adopting a more respectful attitude towards nature.

What can I do to make a difference?

Start by adopting the Blue Ecology principles – respect, balance, unity, spirit, and harmony. Those principles, together with mindful consumption, are something that everyone can do to help reverse the effects of climate change. The five principles facilitate a relationship with nature that will help you change your attitude and behaviour as a consumer. We need to ensure that we don’t take more from the planet than it can give and that what we take is taken ethically and sustainably.
The Blue Ecology Institute Foundation also offers a Youth Ambassador Program, you can sign up for our newsletter list, or make a donation.

Is there a cost for the programs?

Your donations enable us to develop our programming; certification and programming for Youth Ambassadors will be supported by the Blue Ecology Institute Foundations and free of charge.

There will be a cost associated with Corporate Blue Ecology Certification as well as the Inspirational Speaker program, please reach out to us for more information.

Is the author and founder of the Blue Ecology Theory Indigenous?

Yes, Michael Blackstock is a member of the House of Geel, Fireweed Clan, Gitxsan Nation. His Gitxsan name is Ama Goodim Gyet. He also holds an “Indian Status Card” through the Gitanmaax Indian Band.

Is Blue Ecology a registered non-profit?

Yes, the Blue Ecology Institute Foundation is a Registered Charity in Canada, CRA Registration 798113866RR0001. We are also registered with Canada Helps to accept donations on our behalf and issue tax receipts.

Did an Indigenous artist design the brand assets?

Yes, our logo and icons were designed by Jason Taylor of Brandigenous on Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Territory in West Vancouver.

What’s the governance model?

The Blue Ecology Institute Foundation (BEIF), is a purpose driven non-profit with the goal of making an immediate impact in the world towards reversing climate change, through the promotion of a global attitude change and mindful consumption. We are a registered charity in Canada and governed by a board of directors. We have policies in place to guide our directors, including an ethical screening policy for partnerships and a gift acceptance policy.

What are donations used for?

As an independent, not-for-profit, charitable organization, funding is used for:

  • Youth Ambassador Programs, Projects, and Conventions
  • Blue Ecology Certification Sponsorships (through Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, NVIT)
  • Fundraising Events
  • Curriculum Development
  • Corporate Blue Ecology Certification Program Development
  • Digital Marketing Programs
  • Staff
  • Website maintenance
  • Travel and Speaker expenses

Please download our Case for Support document from the policies page for a complete overview.

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