Advocacy in Action

Category: News
on 05 February 2018

At BurlingtonGreen, we want YOU to have your say when it comes to important environmental issues in Burlington. We are always seeking support for a number of different advocacy initiatives, which is why we have created this page to act as a 'one-stop' for all up-to-date advocacy-related information and calls to action to help you get involved and stay informed.

Here are some of the issues we are working on.....

1. Support the Tyandaga Environmental Coalition (TEC) in their efforts to protect the forest in the Aldershot Community.
This forest is home to local wildlife, including identified endangered species. An estimated 9,000 trees are slated to come down this winter for the expansion of the Aldershot Quarry. Sign their petition here to ensure environmental rights and community health are safeguarded.

2. Protect our waters, sign the petition now to expand Ontario's Greenbelt.
The Province has identified critical water systems (the "Study Area") currently under pressure from urban growth and climate change, and is seeking public input regarding how and where we should expand Greenbelt protection in those key areas. Protect trees community too

3. Stand tall!
We are still chipping away at trying to convince Burlington's Councillors to get on the right side of tree protection for our City. Many of our neighbouring and province-wide communities have had established tree protection policies and laws in place for years, and it's long overdue that we follow suit. Next month, Burlington Council will be considering a unique approach for Burlington in the way of a community specific Roseland Private Tree Bylaw Pilot. We believe all trees in Burlington are deserving of equal protection measures, but this is a start. We will continue to speak up sharing our solution-focused voice on this important issue and hope that YOU will too.

Tell the Mayor and Councillors that you value Burlington's trees and support the establishment of a practical, effective private property tree bylaw for Burlington. Click here to connect with Council and have your say!

4. Every Canadian deserves the right to a healthy environment.
Learn more about how the Blue Dot movement is shaping the way Canadians think about environmental rights, and sign the pledge today, asking all levels of government to recognize our right to breathe fresh air, drink clean water and eat healthy food.

5. Help preserve green space in Burlington! Sign the petition.
We are closely following the Waterfront Hotel redevelopment, advocating for redevelopment that incorporates sustainable design principles, ensuring that surrounding eco-systems are not threatened. A Burlington citizens’ group called Plan B has formed to not only voice its concerns over the redevelopment, but to also share its vision for an alternative proposal.

If there is a local environmental issue that concerns you that requires immediate attention, please let us know. Or, if you are someone with an interest in environmental issues who likes to follow local politics, we can use your help and invite you to learn more about our volunteer Advocacy Team here.

Learn more about our advocacy program by visiting our Greenprint for the Future and Advocacy pages.

Together we make a difference for a more sustainable future.