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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

Tell the federal government to act now and end plastic pollution

BEAT PLASTIC POLLUTION2Last year, the federal government made a commitment to tackle one of the biggest environmental threats: plastic pollution. It proposed to ban certain single-use plastics as early as 2021. This is a step in the right direction. We need to make sure that promise is kept.

According to Environmental Defence Canada, every year Canadians throw away over three million tonnes of plastic waste. By 2030 it will be $11 billion worth. And yes—the majority of that goes to landfills and incinerators, but up until 2018 (when China banned the import of trash from other countries), huge amounts of our recyclables went to China. As a matter of fact, Canada was one of the top 10 exporters of plastic waste to China, sending nearly 200,000 tonnes of the stuff in 2016.

Hold the government accountable to its promise. Click below to sign the petition.



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The removal of Mobility hub designations and Major Transit Station Area designation for downtown Burlington 

BurlingtonGreen welcomed the news that there is no provincial requirement for mobility hubs to be identified in municipal official plans, including Downtown Burlington. Furthermore, the letter sent to the City from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Transportation also agrees the John Street bus terminal does not constitute a mobility hub. The Region of Halton, working together with the City of Burlington, now has the ability to remove the identification of a mobility hub and the Major Transit Station Area (MTSA) designation in Downtown Burlington.

This confirmation allows Burlington to grow and absorb higher densities in a scale and manner that balances the need to grow sustainably with preserving local heritage and the surrounding environment. We look forward to the next steps of the process for seeking changes to the MTSA designation through the Burlington Official Plan amendments that can take place now, or during the Region’s next Municipal Comprehensive Review, which is currently underway.

In these current times of climate emergencies, local governments must have the flexibility and nimbleness to act quickly in a way that maximizes the benefits to their residents and is responsive to the environmental and economic needs of their communities. Click here to read the full letter from the Province.

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BurlingtonGreen joins over 100 organisations to call on the Government of Ontario to retain the current mandate of the province’s 36 Conservation Authorities 

forest.canopyWe joined 111 organizations in calling on the Province to retain the current mandate of Ontario's 36 Conservation Authorities in protecting, restoring and managing the watersheds where 95 percent of Ontarians reside. Their functions and responsibilities with respect to land use planning and permitting, monitoring, stewardship and education must be maintained.

"Today, Conservation Authorities provide a much-valued bridge across municipal boundaries to understand and address environmental concerns, such as flooding. Because they operate at the watershed level, they are ideally positioned to encourage science-based collaborative strategies and decision-making."

Click here to read the full letter to the Province.

call to action:

Ontario seeks feedback on proposed amendments to the Aggregate Resources Act 

Submit your input today, the consultation closes on May 15, 2020quarry

Changes are being proposed to Ontario Regulation 244/97 and the Aggregate Resources of Ontario Provincial Standards under the Aggregate Resources Act. Ontario’s aggregate resources are primarily regulated under the Aggregate Resources Act (ARA). These non-renewable aggregate resources include stone, sand, and gravel.

Ontario requires a continued supply of aggregate resources. Approximately 160 million tonnes of aggregate are needed in Ontario each year. Yet, it is equally important to manage and minimize the impact extraction operations may have on the environment and on the communities that surround them.

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 building and maintaining our roads, schools, hospitals, commercial and industrial structures and residences; in short, much of the physical infrastructure on which our society depends.

At the same time, we face some of the greatest challenges humans have ever encountered, and which need to be taken into consideration when making policy changes. Climate change, mass extinctions and the advent of pandemics like the current global coronavirus outbreak mean we must finally recognize that economic prosperity cannot be achieved in a vacuum. We must ensure that how we manage economic activity, including industries such as the aggregate sector, takes into account all the impacts of human activity on the environment upon which we depend. This calls for a complete transformation of the current decision-making framework, where too often the focus is solely on the economic bottom line, to one that takes a triple bottom line approach – economics, environmental and social impact. And to do this effectively, we urge government and industry policy makers to adopt a nested circle framework, which recognizes that social and economic activity occur within ecological limits.

Click here to read our full submission and click the button below to submit your feedback to the Province.


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.


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Council approves Burlington's Climate Action Plan 
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On April 20, 2020, council approved Burlington's Climate Action Plan. Click here to read the full plan.

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.


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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