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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:

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 plan lays out a low-carbon pathway to achieve the City’s GHG targets through implementing several key programs areas. 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 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 target GHG reduction targets. An outward facing plan the drives action, accountability and transparency is essential to the success of the City’s climate action goals and our collective future.

The City is seeking feedback on the proposed plan and needs your input. There are several ways to provide feedback:

• Take the City’s survey by January 21, 2019.
Connect with the Mayor and Council directly to share your input before March 9, 2020.

Please read below for our previous work on this important issue.

BurlingtonGreen delegated on the proposed plan in December, and stressed  the importance of City leadership and advancing all opportunities that lower our community's carbon emissions. Click here for our speaking notes. This follows previous input by BG in Apriland again in June.  

PLEASE make your voice heard on this critical issue. Contact the Mayor and Councilors today to let them know that action on climate is a top priority that you care about and expect them to demonstrate strong and consistent leadership on. There will be more opportunities to provide feedback on the proposed climate action plan before a final decision is made in March. Click the button below for more information on the Climate Action Plan.




 

CALL TO ACTION:

PLEASE SPEAK UP FOR THE TREES...

Victory for local biodiversity, climate mitigation and a healthy community! On December 16th, 2019, Burlington Council voted 5 to 2 to implement a city-wide private property tree protection bylaw. An important issue we have been advocating on for more than a decade! Thank you for your support on this. Here are the speaking notes presented by Executive Director, Amy Schnurr at the December 16th Council meeting, and below is her message to Burlington Council:

"Good morning


On behalf of all of us at BurlingtonGreen, the broader community and the trees and wildlife who have no voice, thank you for your demonstrated leadership, voting in support of a city-wide tree protection bylaw.

Please stay the course. You have science, facts and 'right' on your side and not supporting this tool would have been a blatant contradiction to this Council's unanimous climate emergency declaration. Bylaw detailing can and will be sorted. This is not a new challenge. No need for anyone to panic - one just needs to look to other municipalities with stronger tree canopies who have had a comparable bylaw in place for many years and continue to use it.

"Our urban forest is the backbone of a living green infrastructure system and is part of the solution to the challenges of urbanization that municipalities face every day." "While much emphasis is placed on improving roads, transportation and public utilities, little if any attention is paid to sustaining and improving urban forests, even though they are an essential part of our living green infrastructure network." ~ Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition.

Thank you again and happy holidays.

"In the end our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy"~ J.C. Sawhill


Councillors Galbraith, Kearns, Nisan, Stolte and Mayor Meed Ward voted in favor of the bylaw, and Councillors Sharman and Bentivegna voted against.

BurlingtonGreen has been actively advocating for a city-wide tree protection bylaw for a decade now. 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.

Click here to read the latest staff report and recommendations and here for a video of our delegation (Item 2.17). 

Protecting and growing our tree canopy is a critical climate mitigation and adaptation measure here in Burlington and everywhere. 

Here is the October 7, 2019 staff report on the issue and our Executive Director's speaking notes are here.

PROTECT. RESTORE. FUND. 


LATEST NEWS ON THE MERIDIAN QUARRY ISSUE - December 3, 2019

TEC's Advocacy Efforts are Gaining Traction!

BurlingtonGreen has supported TEC's efforts to halt the Meridian Quarry expansion and protect the 9,000 mature trees that are threatened by the expansion. In 2018, we filed an Application for Review to the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO) to review the Quarry license and take action to protect the sensitive ecosystems on site. We also advocated to the Province on aggregate reform earlier this year. Click here for our application to the ECO and here for our aggregate reform submissions to the Province.

As a result of TEC's advocacy on this issue and support from the community, the Mayor is introducing several staff directions on this important issue. Click here for more details.


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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