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Advocacy in Action!




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 and for some helpful advocacy tips, click here.



CALL TO ACTION:

Ontario seeking input on reducing litter and waste that includes banning single-use plasticsplastic pollutionunsplash

The Province is seeking input on Reducing Litter and Waste in Our Communities: Discussion Paper. The discussion paper sets out goals, actions and performance measures and outlines how Ontario will reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, and increase it's overall diversion rate.  

The discussion paper includes 8 action areas that the government will undertake to make waste reduction, reuse, and recycling easier. Feedback on a ban on single-use plastics and on the transition process of existing programs to
producer responsibility are among the questions included.

The consultation is open on the Environmental Registry of Ontario until April 20th, 2019. Please have your say, and ask Ontario to implement a ban on single use plastics.

Click below to share your comments with the Province.

Connect with your Councillor and the Mayor that the Environment is a Priority in the City's 2019 Budget
eco nomyTell the City that climate action is a top spending priority for 2019. Sufficient resources must be directed to strengthening environmental initiatives such as tree protection, sustainable transportation and the advancement of smart communities.

Visit the City’s website to view the proposed budget and for opportunities to provide input and key dates. Delegations to council on budget matters are scheduled for February 4th and February 7th. Have your say today!

Click below to connect with you councillor and here to register to delegate to council.

Victory! Schedule 10 to be removed from Bill 66
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In January, the provincial government removed schedule 10 from the proposed Bill 66. We are encouraged that the government listened to the people and municipal leaders who were opposed to schedule 10 that would have opened up environmentally significant areas including the Greenbelt to development. We look forward to the Government proposing the removal of Schedule 10 from the Bill in Committee Hearings.

We applaud the City of Burlington council for unanimously passing a resolution on Bill 66. The resolution re-affirms the City’s position on the controversial bill. “We stand firm in our commitment to protecting our greenbelt from development and protecting our farm families and rural agricultural economy. We will also ensure our residents benefit from the protections in all the other pieces of legislation referred to in Bill 66. We will not be comprising their safety or quality of life for speed. I do not see Burlington using this legislation, if it is passed. At the same time, we’ll do everything we can to ensure Burlington is open for business.”, Mayor Marianne Meed Ward on December 7, 2018.

BurlingtonGreen provided input to the Province on this important issue. Click below to read our full submission.

CALL TO ACTION:

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Burlington needs to act now on climate change. The City needs to commit to stronger greenhouse gas emission reduction targets that are aligned with the IPCC recommendations

Now more than ever before, and in the absence of effective Provincial leadership on climate action, Municipal governments must do all they can to pick up the slack in the short term, while lobbying the Provincial and Federal governments to support their efforts. 

Contact the Mayor and Councillors today and ask them to commit to stronger greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

CALL TO ACTION:

BurlingtonGreen's Statement on Ontario's new Environment Plan

BurlingtonGreen is disappointed with the Province’s new environment plan. The newly released plan is short on details on how the Province is planning to achieve the targets it laid out. Furthermore, we feel that given the urgency of climate change and the short time frame we have to act on it, the targets in the plan are not ambitious enough. We favour a model that is responsive to the market mechanisms of supply and demand, and a model that has proven its effectiveness. Seemingly missing from the plan are programs and incentive schemes that directly enable Ontarians to take action on climate change in the areas that cause significant emissions like transportation and home energy. Previous programs were successful and becoming increasingly popular with the public, and yielding immediate savings for the people of Ontario in addition to lowering emissions. We do not support using public dollars to incentivize industry to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we believe a polluter pays model will lead to a faster transition to a low carbon economy.

Climate change is the biggest threat to our survival, and all levels of government must act together swiftly and cohesively to address it through bold targets and an integrated model. We look forward to continuing to urge and support the Ontario Government in improving and strengthening its environmental protection and climate change policies and strategies through the ongoing consultation process. Click here to review the new Environment Plan released on November 30, 2018. 

Click here to read our earlier submission to the Province, and click below to share you input on the Environment Plan. Consultation closes on January 28, 2019.


CALL TO ACTION:


Canada seeking input on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy sustainable development strategy

In December of 2018, the Federal government released the draft 2019 – 2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. The draft strategy outlines goals and actions to promote clean growth, ensure healthy ecosystems and build safe, secure and sustainable communities.

The government is seeking input on the strategy. What does sustainable development mean to you? What should the priorities be when it comes to building a more sustainable Canada?

Additionally, the Federal government released the 2018 Progress Report on the 2016 to 2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. It shows where the Government of Canada is achieving its targets and where more work is needed.

Call to Action! Share your input on the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy. Consultation is open until April 2, 2019. Click below to submit your comments.
 

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.

In the lead up to the October 2019 federal election, we have a unique opportunity to make environmental rights a campaign issue and find out which politicians support your legal right to a healthy environment.

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