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Climate Action

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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Mayor Rob Burton

Get Oakville to Declare a Climate Change Emergency

We are facing a climate catastrophe. Leading scientists have warned that we have 11 years to take emergency action on climate change, or we face the gravest threats to our local and global environment. This includes worsening risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. We must act urgently, starting by having Oakville immediately pass a motion declaring a climate change emergency. We call on the town of Oakville to join an increasing number of municipalities across Canada such as Burlington, Hamilton and Kingston in recognizing the urgency for drastic and unprecedented action regarding climate change. We urge Oakville to recognize that climate change is today's crisis, not tomorrow’s. Canadians have one of the highest per capita greenhouse gas emissions in the world, and Oakville is no exception. The Town of Oakville must work tirelessly towards reducing emissions because if we let global warming go beyond 1.5°C, coral reefs will be completely eradicated, populations of insects that pollinate plants will be decimated, and ice-free summers in the arctic will be commonplace. Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world.  But it’s not too late. The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report says that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible - but it requires ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector and local communities. Locally, we have already experienced some effects of climate change. These effects, as well as new threats, will increase at an accelerating rate within the next five to ten years until they far surpass the scale which most people currently envisage. Threats that Oakville faces include: Extreme temperatures in the summer and winter, at first threatening the elderly and homeless, and then the population at large, especially those around the poverty line. Massive property and infrastructure damage, as well as injuries and loss of life due to floods, tornadoes, ice storms and other extreme weather patterns. Profound economic stress from repairing climate change damage, as well as from disruptions to economic activities caused by extreme weather. Pressure on communities and infrastructure due to the influx of climate change refugees from both within our borders, and abroad. Increased health issues from decreasing air quality, water quality and introduction and proliferation of new and old diseases (such as the Emerald Ash Border and West Nile Virus). The time for radical change is now. Action to address the multi-faceted threats that face our city, country and the international community needs to be accelerated. Oakville needs to add its voice to other municipalities across the world in demanding that world leaders act in meaningful ways immediately to combat this grave global threat and to use its unique position to be a leader in municipal carbon reductions with aggressive targets. We do less than necessary at our own peril. Please sign my petition calling on the Oakville Town Council to declare a climate emergency and take urgent action to do its part in avoiding a climate disaster for all of us, and for generations to come.

Andrei Adam
1,699 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to mayor@surrey.ca, steven.pettigrew@surrey.ca , allison.patton@surrey.ca , mandeep.nagra@surrey.ca , brenda.locke@surrey.ca , jack.hundial@surrey.ca , laurie.guerra@surrey.ca , doug.elford@surrey.ca , linda.annis@surrey.ca , mrjorgensen@surrey.ca , clerks@surrey.ca , min@dfo-mpo.gc.ca , FLNR.minister@gov.bc.ca , AGR.Minister@gov.bc.ca , icentre@metrovancouver.org

PAUSE 1000 Acre High Density Development in Anniedale-Tynehead

If signing this petition, please include your POSTAL CODE.  PROJECT: 7918-0305 (this is only one section of the NCP [2 lots], but will open up the entire NCP and kick start development in the area. The initial developers are using these lots to get their 20 year Development Works Agreement and begin the construction of a series of pump stations).  The entire NCP (zoom in and read the legend): https://www.surrey.ca/files/AnniedaleTyneheadNCP.pdf Anniedale-Tynehead is a beautiful, forested area, adjacent to an agricultural part of North Surrey, home to countless WILDLIFE species, many types of second growth TREES and diverse PLANT species.  It forms part of the important tributary system for the Serpentine River, which is home to Chinook, Coho and Chum spawning runs and provides clean water for SALMON, trout and wildlife in the watershed.  There are plans to convert this area into a dense urban development; a new NCP that will increase the population in the area, according to the City, by up to 20,000 residents and according to the developers by up to 30,000 residents (factoring in suites) There could be profound impacts on the watershed and AGRICULTURAL LANDS below this proposed development. Increase in impervious surfaces can increase flooding. Salmon habitat could be harmed or destroyed; extensive riparian areas could be irrevocably damaged. There are plans to ELIMINATE a red-coded watercourse around 172nd and 92 Avenue. For which permission hasn't been obtained yet from the Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations. See page 14 of this report: https://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/PLR_7918-0305-00.pdf TRAFFIC CONGESTION in the proposed development area and surrounding neighbourhoods could reach unsustainable levels. The widening of arterial roads (thus resulting in increased impervious surfaces) will further harm the environment, wildlife and residents of Surrey. Look at what has resulted from the over-development of Clayton. We call upon Mayor Doug McCallum and the newly elected Surrey City Council to halt any further planning or development in the Anniedale-Tynehead area until all impact studies have been completed and made available to the public and Council has informed and consulted with the citizens of Surrey. The studying of this area began over 14 years ago and this NCP was approved 7 years ago (by previous Mayor and Council). Almost a decade after approval, we need to revisit this NCP and revise it, before hastily opening this area up with an OLD plan. Let's conduct some updated environmental studies and apply what we know today about climate change. Let's rethink the direction we are headed in what's left of our beautiful City, before turning this entire area into a concrete jungle.  WE NEED INFRASTRUCTURE to catch up before allowing any more dense developments to occur (a HOSPITAL, more POLICE, better PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, SCHOOLS, and COMMUNITY CENTRES). We should be focussing our growth in CURRENT TOWN CENTRES and FREQUENT TRANSIT DEVELOPMENT AREAS; encouraging redevelopment and revitalization in those areas to make them vibrant, urban centres. NOT opening up an entire new area, just yet, and then hoping for transit to come. According to TransLink (https://www.translink.ca/Plans-and-Projects/Frequent-Transit-Network.aspx the benefits of frequent transit networks for municipalities are: High-quality transit service connects urban centres and major activity areas Supports municipal and regional objectives to reduce energy use, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and congestion Increased certainty about where high-quality transit service is located Provides an organizing framework for coordinating land use and transportation We call for SMART DEVELOPMENT guidelines to be applied, which were promised during the election. We were promised a PAUSE to development. To learn more details about this development, please refer to the following:  Online development inquiry:https://apps.surrey.ca/Online-Development-Inquiry/?year=18&seq=0305 The report: https://www.surrey.ca/bylawsandcouncillibrary/PLR_7918-0305-00.pdf Along with signing this petition, for any comments/questions regarding this (project 7918-0305), email Mayor, Councillors, the City Clerk, and the planner Misty Jorgensen:  clerks@surrey.ca mayor@surrey.ca councillors@surrey.caMRJorgensen@surrey.ca  Contact saveanniedaletynehead@outlook.com to get on the email list and receive updates.

Save Anniedale-Tynehead
408 supporters