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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.




Good News: Burlington Council unanimously passed a motion to declare a Climate Emergency!

Burlington Council unanimously voted to declare a climate emergency in Burlington on April 23rd. Click HERE to learn why this Declaration is important.


Residents from across the community attended the meeting and delegated on this critical issue including our Executive Director. You can read the speaking notes here.

Update: Executive Director Amy Scnurr delegated to Council on June 10th regarding the climate action update report. Clilck here to read her delegation.

More Good News!  
We are thrilled to share more good news that the Mayor has agreed with our request that the City adopt a reporting process that looks at all issues through a climate lens! On June 17th, Executive Director Amy Schnurr delegated to Burlington Council regarding adding an "Environmental Impacts" section to City reports in addition to expanding the Roseland private tree by-law pilot. See speaking notes here.

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. The City needs to commit to stronger greenhouse gas emission reduction targets that are aligned with the IPCC recommendationsOur team prepared a Climate Action Strategy for Burlington, submitted to Burlington's Mayor and Councillors on February 14th, 2019. 

CLIMATE EMERGENCY:

Noun1. A cascading breakdown of the climate system due to unsustainable extractive economic and social forces, posing an existential risk to humanity and life on earth.

Usage: All science and lived experience us that we are in a Climate Emergency today—it is time tell the truth.
(The Climate Mobilization)


CALL TO ACTION:

Tell Minister Phillips: ENDANGERED SPECIES ARE NOT FOR SALE! 

The Ontario government just announced changes to the Endangered Species Act that will put Ontario’s most vulnerable plants and animals at risk of extinction. The changes will let developers and big business write a cheque instead of protecting species, and let politicians rather than scientists decide which species are considered endangered. 

Take action now to tell Minister Phillips that Ontario’s endangered species are not for sale.





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