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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  'one-stop' page for advocacy-related information and calls to action.





We invite you to speak up today! Here are some helpful advocacy tips.

If you are someone with an interest in environmental issues who likes to follow local politics, we can use your help. Learn about how you can get involved with our Advocacy team here.

If there is a local environmental issue that concerns you that requires immediate attention, please let us know.

CALL TO ACTION:

Strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 
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Sign the petition today

The Canadian Environmental Protection Act is 21 years old this month. In 2017, the House of Commons environment committee reviewed CEPA and made 87 recommendations for strengthening the act, including amendments to recognize the human right to a healthy environment and the need to protect vulnerable populations and better control toxic substances.

A lot has changed in the past two decades, but CEPA is stuck in the past. In the era of climate emergency and increasing toxic threats, we need strong environmental laws. Tell environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson to fix CEPA.

Click the button below to sign the petition.


CALL TO ACTION:

Proposed Burlington Climate Action Plan 
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BurlingtonGreen’s position on the proposed climate action plan for Burlington

The City of Burlington declared a Climate Emergency in April 2019. In December, City staff brought forward a proposed climate action plan. The City’s proposed plan comes at a critical time in Burlington. In December of 2019, The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) published its Carbon Emissions Inventory for the GTHA. One of the key findings of the inventory is that Halton has the highest per capita emissions in the GTHA when industry sources are excluded.

The need to take urgent action on climate has never been more critical, and the City must prioritize and drive the implementation of the proposed climate action plan, fund it, and work closely with all members of the community and stakeholders to achieve it’s GHG reduction targets. A solution-focused plan that drives action, accountability and transparency is essential to the success of the City’s climate action goals and our collective future.

The final plan was presented to council on March 9th laying out a low-carbon pathway to achieve the City’s GHG targets through implementing several key programs areas. A record 17 delegations were heard at the March 9th and March 10th council meetings, including a delegation from BurlingtonGreen. Council directed staff to report back in Q2 2020 after the release of the federal budget with the latest information and updated proposed timelines for the home energy retrofit program and human resource requirements to meet the goals of the climate action plan.

Click here to read our delegation, you can also view it via webcast at the 2:41:33 hours mark, and continue reading for our previous work on this important issue.


January 2020:  Click here to read our submission to the City.
December 2019: Click here for our speaking notes.
June 2019: Click here for our input.
April 2019: Click here for our speaking notes.  

PLEASE make YOUR valued voice heard on this critical issue, and contact the Mayor and your Councillor to voice your support for increased action on climate.

 Click the button below for more information on the Climate Action Plan.




 

CALL TO ACTION:

Aggregate Resources Act 

Ontario is seeking input on changes to the Aggregate Resources Act 

Changes are being proposed to Ontario Regulation 244/97 and the Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards under the Aggregate Resources Act. BurlingtonGreen has advocated on aggregate reform in the past. BurlingtonGreen recognizes the contribution of the aggregate sector to Ontario’s economy and understands the need to ensure this industry is able to meet the needs of the construction sector that is responsible for much of the physical infrastructure on which our society depends.

At the same time, we are facing new climate realities. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recommends keeping global warming to maximum of 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels. This calls for a greenhouse gas emissions reductions target of about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero around 2050. Because extraction operations often threaten forestlands and woodlots which are natural carbon sinks, while also adding to GHG emissions, it is crucial that tree canopy conservation and replacement be paramount in considering approval for new or expanded aggregate projects, and that protection afforded by other legislation, such as the Green Belt Plan and other such acts be honoured.

The Province is accepting comments on the Environmental Registry of Ontario (ERO) on the proposed changes until May 15th, 2020. Click here to submit your feedback, and here to read our previous comments on this issue.

UPDATE:

VICTORY FOR THE TREES!

Victory for local biodiversity, climate mitigation and a healthy community!

On January 27th, Burlington Council unanimously approved the establishment of Burlington's first Urban Private Property Tree Bylaw effective January 27, 2020. Click here to learn more about the bylaw and its implementation.

BurlingtonGreen has been actively advocating for a city-wide tree protection bylaw for a decade nowThank you for your support on this.  

Burlington's tree canopy currently sits at a dangerously low 15% coverage. This is much lower than the 30 to 50% minimum requirement to support a sustainable environment.  An effective tree protection bylaw, education about the benefits of trees, and tree planting throughout the city are interrelated and ALL required if we are to strengthen and grow the canopy.


Continue reading to learn more about our previous work on this important issue:

  
January 27, 2020: webcast of our delegation here
December 16, 2019: BG delegation speaking notes 
December 2, 2019: City Staff report - here to read the latest staff report and recommendations and here for a video of our delegation (Item 2.17). 
October 7, 2019staff report and our speaking notes are here.

PROTECT. RESTORE. FUND. 



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Together we can do this.

Take action against plastic bags now. Sign the Petition for a plastic bag free Burlington and share it with your friends!



CALL TO ACTION:

Let's change history together.

BurlingtonGreen was honoured to welcome Dr. David Suzuki to the Burlington stage on November 21, 2017 for a very special dual-component "Connect the Dots" event to engage and inspire more than 1000 people to learn about how Canadians are coming together for the goal of breathing fresh air, drinking clean water, eating safe food and the legal right to enjoy a stable climate as part of the Suzuki Foundation's Blue Dot Movement.

We are joining the nation-wide efforts of our friends at the David Suzuki Foundation to seek to amend the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to include the right to a healthy environment, so that we can join the 110 countries around the world that already have this right included in their constitutions.




Please send an email asking your MP to sign the pledge!

 


CALL TO ACTION:

Why do we need planning and regulatory changes?

Sustainability doesn’t just happen. If we want our city’s direction to be towards a “greener” future, we have to have a roadmap in place to get there.

This is a crucial time for Burlington in planning for our future. Our city is in a time of transition as we face the conflicting challenges of build out and population growth. Challenges of intensification, infill practices, habitat destruction, and effective transportation make sustainable planning a high priority.

A number of major city planning documents are currently under development such as Burlington’s Official Plan Review and Transportation Master Plan. It will be Burlington's Mayor and Council that directs, approves, and moves forward with the plans those documents lay out. Thus, it is vital that your valuable input be considered.

Impact tomorrow today. Have your say on the direction your city will take by completing our very brief survey:


CALL TO ACTION:

It's time to leave fossil-fuels in the groundCapNTrade

In August, 2018, Canada’s Court of Appeals quashed the Federal government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline due to inadequate consultation with First Nations and an insufficient environmental review. Since then, construction on the pipeline has officially come to a halt.


While we applaud the court’s decision, BurlingtonGreen urges the Federal government to prioritize the shift to 100% renewable energy. It’s time to move beyond tar sands and leave climate-wrecking projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline in the past.

Contact your MP and voice your concern over the Federal government’s decision to invest in fossil fuels