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Advocacy in Action

Category: News
on 15 June 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.....

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1. Positive News for Tree Protection 
On June 4th, the majority of Council voted in favour of a two-year pilot Private Tree By-law for the Roseland Community to be implemented on November 1, 2018. The City will also undertake community consultation regarding a potential City-wide By-law. BurlingtonGreen Advocacy team member Jane Jenner delegated at the Council meeting and stressed the need for tree protection across the City. Click here to read the delegation.

2. Trumpeter Swans Still Under Threat
We are disappointed with Council’s recent approval of funding for the design and build of a new floating wave break at LaSalle Park Marina. The location is the wintering ground for 200 Trumpeter Swans (1/4 of the Provincial population). Council voted to establish Stakeholder Advisory Committee and will consider an ongoing monitoring and mitigation plan. Click here to read the delegation by BurlingtonGreen’s Board President on the issue from May 10th and here for more information.

3. 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.

4. Help preserve green space in Burlington! Sign the petition.Green space poster image
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.

5. Have Your Say! Moving Canada Toward Zero Plastic Waste. 
Share your ideas about how Canada can reduce plastic waste and marine litter, and help develop a federal-provincial-territorial approach to keep plastic within the economy and out of landfills and the environment. Provide your and participate in the public consultation.

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.