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21.06
Parent Category: News

For Immediate Release: June 19, 2019


Burlington, ON - BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association would like to take this opportunity to comment on MPP McKenna’s article published on June 5, 2019. The article presents a case against implementing a carbon tax or a cap and trade model to reduce carbon emissions in Ontario. In the absence of either, it is unclear how the new plan, Preserving and Protecting our Environment for Future Generations: A Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, will work effectively to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan proposes using public dollars to incentivize industry to reduce emissions rather than a polluter pays model and does not provide sufficient details of how the plan will achieve this. We argue that the funds generated from a robust polluter pays model or a carbon tax can be directed to incentives and subsidies for families, businesses and organizations across Ontario for green retrofits and the implementation of green measures that help Ontarians reduce their emissions.

Furthermore, in the matter of greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, Ontario must adopt more ambitious reduction targets if we are meet the IPCC report’s time frame of 11 years to limit a climate change catastrophe. Under the Paris Agreement, Canada has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. Scientific developments are telling us that these targets are not ambitious enough, and Ontario must align with the recommendation in the IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) latest report of keeping global warming to a maximum of 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels. This calls for a greenhouse gas emissions reductions target of about 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, reaching net zero around 2050.

In the face of this growing crisis, we appeal to all levels of government to set aside partisan politics and consider the fate of Canadians and to think carefully about the legacy it will leave future generations. True leadership begins with the courage to take the long view. The cost of doing anything less is too great a price to pay.


About BurlingtonGreen:

Established in 2007, BurlingtonGreen is a citizen-led, environmental registered charity. Together with the community, they work to protect the environment, mitigate climate change and create a healthier, more environmentally responsible city.

To learn more, visit their website at www.burlingtongreen.org


For media inquiries, please contact:


Marwa Selim,

Program Manager, BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association.

Phone: 289-681-5536

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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14.06
Parent Category: News

For Immediate Release: June 14, 2019


ADVENTURE ATHLETE, BRANDON RYNKA, ATTEMPTS CANADA'S STRONGEST TRIATHLON IN SUPPORT OF BURLINGTONGREEN


Burlington, ON – BurlingtonGreen is excited to announce that Brandon Rynka, adventure athlete and speaker, will be attempting to complete Canada’s Strongest Triathlon with a 105 lb tree log. Brandon will attempt to complete an Olympic Distance Triathlon (51.6 km) with a 105 lb tree log strapped to his back or around his waist the entire duration of the triathlon. The attempt will be taking place on July 7, 2019 at Gulliver's Lake RV Park from 9:30am to 1:30pm. In addition to training hard to reach this lofty fitness goal, Brandon also aims to raise awareness and funds for BurlingtonGreen.


"I've always had a passion for the environment. From growing up watching nature documentaries, to going to the movies every Earth Day to watch Disney's Nature Earth Day releases, to being in nature as often as I can, I have always had a passion for the environment and the species that live within it.  Along the lines of my crazy adventures, I knew that I had an opportunity to use my unique platform as an "adventure athlete" and speaker to give back and make a difference. BurlingtonGreen was the perfect fit to team up with. Their passion and mission to make Burlington's Environment thrive, fit my vision perfectly and together I am confident we can bring an incredible amount of awareness to the community and show how we can all individually help make this planet a better place," said Brandon Rynka.


"BurlingtonGreen is thrilled to have Brandon's support, especially now that our Organization is a registered charity and we are pleased to provide tax receipts for the incoming donations that support our critical work. We're so grateful that Brandon is taking on this challenge and supporting BurlingtonGreen in the process. We hope to garner a ton of support from the community and help Brandon reach his fundraising goal," said Executive Director, Amy Schnurr.


About BurlingtonGreen:

Established in 2007, BurlingtonGreen is a citizen-led, environmental registered charity. Together with the community, they work to protect the environment, mitigate climate change and create a healthier, more environmentally responsible city.

To learn more, visit their website at www.burlingtongreen.org


For media inquiries, please contact:


Marwa Selim,

Program Manager, BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association.

Phone: 289-681-5536

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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06.11
Parent Category: News

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2019.

BURLINGTONGREEN INVITES THE COMMUNITY TO CLEAN UP GREEN UP!

Burlington, ON – BurlingtonGreen will host their annual Community Clean Up event between April 22nd and April 28th, 2019. The impactful take action event has become Burlington’s largest volunteer participation opportunity, and this year’s event promises to be one of the biggest and best yet.

“This will be the 9th Community Clean Up event we have hosted with the City, with more than 90,000 people to date, coming together to clean up litter from Burlington’s parks, streams and neighbourhoods. The Green Up tree planting event in May is hugely popular, providing a fun, rewarding, hands-on opportunity for people of all ages to beautify the City while improving local biodiversity, said Executive Director, Amy Schnurr.

About the Clean Up

The whole community is invited to participate during the week of April 22 – 28. All groups are invited to snap a photo of their team in action and send it to BurlingtonGreen to post on the Green Wall of Fame webpage.

All groups that register for the Clean Up will receive free clean-up supplies if needed. As an opportunity to showcase local businesses going green, all registered businesses will have their website posted at burlingtongreen.org.

About the Green Up

BurlingtonGreen and the City of Burlington will host a tree planting event at Brant Hills Park on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The Green Up is a fun and rewarding opportunity for Burlington residents to plant trees and help grow our urban tree canopy.

For more information and to register to participate , please visit www.burlingtongreen.org. Together we make a difference!

BurlingtonGreen would like to thank the City of Burlington, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Nuvo Network, Cogeco, Burlington Centre, Burlington Hydro, Rocca Sisters, the Burlington Post and other community partners for their support of this dual-component event.

About BurlingtonGreen:

Established in 2007, BurlingtonGreen is a citizen-led, environmental registered charity. Together with the community, they work to protect the environment, mitigate climate change and create a healthier, more environmentally responsible city.

To learn more, visit their website at www.burlingtongreen.org

For media inquiries, please contact:

Marwa Selim,
Program Manager, BurlingtonGreen Environmental Association.
Phone: 289-681-5536
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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