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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.

Learn more about the many issues we have advocated on thus far here.




“Believe in the power of your own voice. The more noise you make, the more accountability you demand from your leaders,
the more our world will change for the better”

              -AL GORE
                    Founder and Chairman, The Climate Reality Project



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HALTON REGION - HELP SHAPE THE FUTURE

Halton Region conducts its Official Plan review every 5 years and this review process is happening NOW, with public input invited until October 30th, 2020.

It's vital we have government policies and associated practices in place that are science-based, forward-thinking and that fully reflect what COVID-19 has reminded us - that human health, climate change, economy, and social/racial justice, are all inextricably linked. Effective policies, research, planning, investment, reporting and decision-making must act on this understanding, intentionally and consistently.

BurlingtonGreen has long advocated that the City of Burlington adopt a holistic policy and decision-making framework, that consistently applies this integrated approach, with the addition of a specific climate lens proposed in 2019.  This same framework must be applied at the Regional level to recognize that community and economic activity occurs within environmental/ecological limits. ( Diagram Source: Future Oxford) 


 TO HAVE YOUR SAY IN SHAPING A HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE & RESILIENT FUTURE FOR HALTON




 

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NELSON QUARRY EXPANSION - ONCE IT'S GONE IT'S GONE

If you had a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in your community, would you do everything you could to safeguard it?

In fact, Burlington’s escarpment is part of the Province of Ontario’s Green Belt AND a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve. It is home to a diversity of species (including the at-risk Jefferson salamander), vital farmland, valuable parklands and conservation areas and important aquifers (water sources). Is this worth protecting? We think so, and if you do too, we ask you to stand with PERL, BurlingtonGreen and CORE Burlington, a  non-profit organization of volunteers opposed to the quarry expansion at Mt. Nemo area. Show your opposition by ordering a lawn sign from CORE, and please email or write to the Mayor and Burlington Council Members to speak up against the Nelson Aggregates quarry expansion application!

You can read BurlingtonGreen's position on this issue HERE and click below for some helpful tips to support your own letter/email.


 TO LEARN  MORE & TO TAKE ACTION ON THIS ISSUE





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SIGN THE PETITION TO TELL ONTARIO YOU DON'T WANT THE DESTRUCTIVE HIGHWAY 413 

The Ontario government is trying to fast-track approval for a new mega-highway, Highway 413, that would pave over important farmland, forests, rivers, and a section of the Greenbelt in the GTHA. BurlingtonGreen is opposed to this proposed highway and you can learn more about this important issue here.






 TO SAY NO TO HIGHWAY 413 AND PRESERVE OUR GREENBELT!


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SAY NO TO MORE SPRAWL, LESS FARMLAND AND LESS NATURE

BurlingtonGreen teamed up with 84 organizations to speak up against the proposed amendments to the Growth Plan to allow aggregate extraction in threatened and endangered species habitat in the Natural Heritage System of the Greater Golden Horseshoe. You can read the letter to Minister Steve Clark, here.

Let the Ontario Government know that you oppose the proposed amendments to Ontario's Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Help protect local biodiversity, farmland, and our natural heritage sites. 




 TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!



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TELL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO FUND THE GREEN & JUST RECOVERY!

Tell the federal government that you do not want billions and billions of dollars handed over to big polluters that will compromise our environment and accelerate climate change. Instead, demand that they invest in a Green Recovery, capable of shifting Canada towards a stronger, equitable, and more sustainable society.

                                                                      
 TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!



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SUPPORT OPEN GREEN SPACE IN BURLINGTON

Support the protection of green space, trees, habitat, and urban carbon sinks. Protecting 'pockets' of green space within urban environments is important. Particularly when converting more turf surfaces to naturalized areas, they serve as vital carbon sinks in our communities. We would love to see the area even further naturalized - add your voice if you agree!




 TO SIGN THE Millcroft Against Development PETITION TODAY!




 


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Enbridge's hamilton pipeline

"By investing in energy efficiency and importing renewable electricity from Quebec, we can lower our electricity and gas bills, and lower greenhouse gases, while moving Ontario to a renewable energy future." ~ Ontario Clean Air Alliance



Enbridge Gas is seeking permission from the Ontario Energy Board to build a large gas pipeline in the City of Hamilton, including through the ecologically important Beverly Swamp. This new pipe would be entirely inside the Greenbelt; cross city-designated environmentally sensitive areas; provincially significant wetlands; and Hamilton’s largest stream as well as Bronte Creek. It would also be partly blasted out of bedrockLearn more about this important issue here. The project requires permits from the City of Hamilton, three Conservation Authorities, provincial ministries and the Ontario Energy Board. It can and must be stopped.

What YOU can do:  please contact Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Jeff Yurek, and ask him to tell Enbridge to increase its spending on energy efficiency programs by $204 million instead of building a pipeline to import fracked gas from Pennsylvania. Please also tell Mr. Yurek that you want Ontario to keep its lights on by investing in all our cost-effective energy efficiency options and by importing clean, safe and low-cost renewable electricity from Quebec.

You can contact Mr. Yurek at: Jeff.Yurek@pc.ola.org or 416-314-6790.


TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!


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Demand cleaner options for electricity in Ontario

Ask the Province to halt the huge increase in the use of gas-fired electricity generating stations. 

Ontario Power Generation just spent close to $3 billion buying gas-fired generating stations instead of investing in renewables. Ontario’s current approach will lead to the loss of more than one-third of the greenhouse gas emission reduction gains achieved by phasing out its dirty coal-fired power plants. Read this comprehensive report about phasing-out Ontario's gas-fired power plants Phasing-Out Ontario’s Gas-Fired Power Plants prepared by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance and sign the petition below today




TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!



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HELP KEEP ONTARIO'S MOST SUCCESSFUL RECYCLING PROGRAM INTACT

"Ontario’s most successful recycling program is at risk. The Province is considering allowing producers of alcoholic beverages to opt-out of the existing deposit return program (DRP) and instead collect their materials through the Blue Box. This is a massive misstep. Last year, 97 percent of all refillable beer bottles sold in the province were returned. And those bottles were reused an average of 15 times before being recycled! Instead of eroding the current DRP, Ontario should consider policies that would push producers of non-alcoholic drinks to implement deposit programs too. We need more DRPs, not less." Environmental Defence Canada

BurlingtonGreen joined 51 groups calling on the Ontario government to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fix the Blue Box and eliminate packaging waste. Click here to read the joint statement.

 

TO TAKE ACTION TODAY



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SUPPORT LOCAL ACTION ON CLIMATE: HELP GREEN OUR HOMES

On July 6th, City staff released a report about options for a Residential Deep Energy Retrofit Program. This was the first major step for City action on climate following the approval of the Climate Action Plan in the spring. The report outlines the needs and benefits of the program and lays out several scenarios for the funding and administration/delivery of the program. Notably missing from the report were concrete timelines/milestones, and solid financial costs associated with different funding and implementation models. 

You can read our letter to Burlington Council on this issue here.Click here to watch the recording of the council meeting.




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LET THE BURLINGTON MAYOR & COUNCIL KNOW THAT YOU SUPPORT THE ACCELERATION OF A DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT PROGRAM.




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ACTION ON PLASTIC POLLUTION 

October 7, 2020 - "We congratulate the federal government for announcing its intention to regulate plastic production, use, and disposal using the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA). This is a critical next step in the government’s plans to address plastic pollution and is a justified response to the plastics crisis in Canada. Industry’s demand for a new plastics law is a blatant attempt to delay or block federal action, and we applaud the federal government’s refusal to bow to the chemical lobby.Tell the federal government to act now and end plastic pollution." ~ Environmental Defence Canada


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.




TO DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THIS IMPORTANT ISSUE.



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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!








TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!





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BURLINGTON QUARRY EXPANSIONS - FIGHT FOR NATURE. SPEAK UP!

BurlingtonGreen recognizes the value of and need for aggregates to support our infrastructure, but we do not believe that the aggregate sector should take priority over the agricultural sector or the safeguards embedded in other legislation to conserve biodiversity, forest land, water sources and protected green spaces. We firmly believe that smart government can find a way to create a sustainable model for aggregate extraction without compromising natural environments that must be preserved if we are to address the current biodiversity crisis and support long-term sustainability for the people of Ontario.

Click here to read BG's submission to the Province regarding the aggregate industry.


MERIDIAN QUARRY EXPANSION - STOP THE CLEAR CUTTING

Support (TEC) Tyandaga Environmental Coalition's efforts to protect the estimated 9,000 mature trees that are threatened by the Meridian quarry expansion.

In 2018, BurlingtonGreen 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.  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. 







TO SIGN THEIR PETITION TODAY!



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Strengthen the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 

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 and now COVID-19, we need strong environmental laws. Tell Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to fix CEPA.





TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!





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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.





 TO ASK YOUR MP TO SIGN THE PLEDGE! 





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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 is considered.

Impact tomorrow today. 





TO HAVE YOUR SAY!



You can see a list of issues we have advocated for to date here.