The Experimental Lakes Area has suffered greatly from the Canadian government’s anti-science funding policies and has luckily been saved by the International Institute for Sustainable Development. To ensure that further damage can’t come from the ideologically-driven and anti-environment Conservative Party the ELA has turned to crowd funding to survive.
Last year, The Walrus magazine had a great article on the ELA and how beneficial it is to science and the planet.
You might have heard that the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) took it over the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) on April 1st. We are reaching out to the public to help make people feel is it â€œtheirsâ€ (and reduce reliance on government funding so it canâ€™t be closed again due to changes in departmental policy)
From their Indiegogo page:
The ELA features a collection of 58 small lakes, as well as a facility with accommodations and laboratories. Since its establishment in 1968, ELA has become one of the worldâ€™s most influential freshwater research facilities. In part, this is because of the globally unique ability at ELA to undertake whole-ecosystem experiments.
There is nowhere else in the world that has the same potential to conduct this type of research and make such a positive impact on our worldâ€™s freshwater supplies.