Regenesis (non-profit organization)

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Regenesis is Canadian-based, university focused environmental and social justice organization.

Regenesis was originally founded in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 2007 by a group of student activists, including Claudia Rodriguez and Mike Kenny, as a student activist group and movement.[1]

2007-2013 - Activist Group[edit]

Regenesis was originally formed as a grassroots activist organization and aspiring social movement.[2] Campaigns and projects were determined by their membership. The group had initial success, founding chapters at universities across Canada, including multiple chapters in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario. [3] Regenesis held a launch party that took place on World Environment Day, June 5th 2008, that was hosted by Frank De Jong, leader of the Green Party of Ontario. In 2008, they organized an 'all cause rally' in Toronto, inspired by the Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s.[4] The group had members stand as candidates for the 2008 Canadian Youth Parliamentary Elections from their various campus clubs at universities across Canada.

Regenesis previously advocated for the removal of fluoride, which they viewed as an important environmental health issue, citing concerns over bioaccumulation.[5] In 2009, their anti-fluoridation campaign in Thunder Bay helped convince Thunder Bay City Council to vote against fluoridating Thunder Bay's water supply.[6][7] They have been lobbying Toronto City Council, along with other member organizations of the Toronto Coalition Against Fluoridation, to halt the practice of adding Hexafluorosilicic acid to Toronto's drinking water.[8][9]

2013-present - Environmental Organization[edit]

Regenesis has reorganized in order to better ensure the long-term sustainability of its initiatives.[10] The organization focuses on designing, establishing and operating community-based initiatives and programs, both on-campus and in surrounding local communities.

The organization is currently pursuing the development of an intentional community, similar to ecovillages and cohousing communities, on the campus of York University.[11]


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