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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.



“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

 


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 your councillor and speak up against the Nelson Aggregates quarry expansion application


 TO LEARN  MORE & TO TAKE ACTION ON THIS ISSUE


 

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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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Canada: Invest in a Green Recovery!

Ask the federal government to make investments that will increase employment and help transition to a cleaner economy post-COVID-19. 

Once the pandemic is under control, Canada will be facing a deep recession. Another record-breaking stimulus package will be needed to snap the country out of it. There are varying opinions about how to structure the economic recovery package, and many include bold climate action. We have an opportunity to define the shape and contours of Canada’s economy for many years to come. We need a climate stimulus package that puts people first and spurs job growth in the green economy.
                                                                      

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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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 September 28, 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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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.



TO LET THE BURLINGTON MAYOR & COUNCIL KNOW THAT YOU HAVE THEIR SUPPORT TO INVEST IN ACTION ON CLIMATE, INCLUDING THE ACCELERATION OF AN EFFECTIVE DEEP ENERGY RETROFIT PROGRAM.



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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.



TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!




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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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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 SEND AN EMAIL ASKING 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!




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It's time to leave fossil fuels in the ground

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.



TO CONTACT YOUR MP AND VOICE YOUR CONCERN OVER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT’S DECISION TO INVEST IN FOSSIL FUELS


 
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ACTION ON PLASTIC POLLUTION CAN'T WAIT

Tell the federal government to act now and end plastic pollution. 

Last 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.




TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!



 

DECLAREDCALL TO ACTION:

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, we need strong environmental laws. Tell environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson to fix CEPA.



TO SIGN THE PETITION TODAY!