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climate change

23 petitions

Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Lawrence MacAulay

End food waste in Canada!

Every year, $31 billion of food ends up in a landfill in Canada alone. This isn't just stale bread and mouldy produce. This is good to eat food of all sorts. Produce, dairy, grain, protein, and everything outside of those. Yet, nearly one million Canadians rely on food banks each month, and about four million Canadians are "food insecure", of which 1.5 million are children. In 2015, the French government passed a law forbidding supermarkets from wasting and deliberately destroying food that can still be eaten. Instead, supermarkets have since been required to donate all unsold food products to charity such as food banks. A similar anti-food waste law can and should be implemented in Canada, nationwide. As it is, Quebec is now requiring that all supermarkets give unused food to foodbanks. Doing the same on a federal scale is not inconceivable. It is doable, and it is already being done in communities worldwide. In addition to the people who would be positively affected, food waste contributes greatly to climate change. Reducing food waste would benefit our environment. This petition urges the Govenment of Canada through the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture, to create a federal program to combat food waste. The program will: Bar supermarkets from intentionally destroying and wasting unsold, still edible food Require Canadian supermarkets to give unsold, still edible food to Canadian food banks Require Canadian supermarkets to give wrongfully packaged or damaged, still edible food to Canadian food banks The law passed in France began with a simple petition not much different from this, on this very website. That petition received over 200,000 signatures. Our goal is to obtain 100,000 and to gain national attention to this very real issue. With your support, we can make a difference, and we can show our government what matters to us.  We need you. We need your voice. We need your support. Please sign and share this petition to bring change and to bring this law into Canada! Use the #WhyWasteFood and #FoodDeservesBetter when sharing or discussing this campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! -- Learn more: A $31B problem: How Canada sucks at reducing food waste Man who forced French supermarkets to donate food wants to take law global Help the environment, reduce food waste

Justin Kulik
109 supporters
Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to City of Richmond BC - Mayor and Councillors

Limit House Sizes on Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) in Richmond, B.C.

It’s time to look beyond the aisles of the local supermarket and recognize that farmers are vital for food security and are the heart of Canadian industry and life. Canadian farmers are the top global producers of flaxseed, durum wheat, lentils, canola, pulses, peas, and mustard seeds. Last year, Canadian fruit and vegetable farmers added $1.8 billion dollars to the economy and employed over 2 million Canadians. Moreover, Canada is the 5th largest exporter of food in the world. Undoubtedly, Canadian farmers are remarkable and contribute in countless ways to Canada’s economy. They ensure that we have access to quality food. We owe a great deal to the hard work of those farmers who toil every day to put food on our tables. It is for this reason that swift action must be taken to prevent people from taking advantage of farming incentives meant for people who are actually contributing to the farming industry. Richmond is facing challenging issues concerning illicit property uses on land reserved for agriculture. Because of a controversial city council decision (with the exception of councillors Carol Day and Harold Steves) it is now possible for buyers – who, if we are honest, are speculators – to build extravagant estates on farmland. In doing so, they are gaining two benefits at the expense of local farmers: bypassing residential lot guidelines and pricing policies, and avoiding British Columbia’s new foreign-buyer 15 percent residential tax. To put the problem into perspective, the City of Richmond allows 10,794 square feet (1,000 square metres) mega-mansions on land designated as farmland. This is twice the maximum size recommended by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture. To suggest that a nearly 10,794 square foot dwelling, with a ten-car garage, a twenty-five-seat theatre, tennis court, swimming pool, and 15 bedrooms or more is a “farmhouse” is absurd. Based on our respect for local farmers and their outstanding work, we should be advocating that the provincial 5,382 square feet (500 square metres) maximum farmhouse guidelines are upheld and formalized into law.  Special exemptions should be rare, only made for legitimate farmers, and issued on a case-by-case basis. It is time for us to act, now, and preserve our precious farmlands and hold our City Council to account. Richmond has some of the best farmlands in all of British Columbia, and we must do everything in our power to protect the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) and ensure our future residents’ food security. ~ Jack Trovato THEREFORE: We, the undersigned, citizens of the City of Richmond, are concerned about the threat to our Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The recent decision of Richmond City Council to allow mega-mansions to build up to 10,794 square feet (1,000 square metres) is double the provincial recommended maximum size, and nearly triple the maximum recommended size per City staff recommendations. Provincial guidelines specifically state that house sizes on ALR lots should be sized appropriately to divert development to city lots. As the current bylaws stand, large home development is diverted onto farmland. We petition the City of Richmond to: □   Implement a moratorium on new applications to build on ALR lots until; □   A maximum house size of 5,382 square feet (500 square metres) is expediently adopted as bylaw.

Richmond Citizens' Association (RCA)
4,122 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Hon. Glenn Thibeault

Kill the moratorium on offshore wind turbines

We are concerned that the Ontario government introduced a moratorium on the installation of offshore wind turbines many years to placate some voters who did not want their view of the lake obstructed. We believe that all energy in Ontario must be from zero carbon sources in order to meet or exceed the emission reduction targets necessary to do our fair share towards keeping global temperatures from increasing by more than 1.5 degrees C. To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario WHEREAS it is scientifically established that climate change poses a significant threat to the environment, affecting the health of humans, plants and animals, our economy and prospects for the future health and security of the population; and WHEREAS scientific evidence has shown irrefutably that one of the principle causes of climate change is the combustion of fossil fuels; and WHEREAS, in response to the threats inherent from the dependence on carbon-based fuel sources, Ontario committed to increase Ontario’s supply of renewable energy from a diverse mix of alternative renewable sources; and WHEREAS the Conference Board of Canada has reported that that there is a potential to generate 35,000 MW of energy from offshore wind, with the added benefits of creating jobs and encouraging growth in this sector; and WHEREAS current research indicates that offshore wind generation could be built more than seventeen kilometres off the Great Lake shorelines, representing the least intrusive means of power generation, with very little physical, visual, or aesthetic impact to the general population; THEREFORE we the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: Immediately lift the moratorium on offshore wind, so as to encourage research, investment and manufacturing in this area: and Develop policies to allow, through the FIT program, the installation of wind turbines in the Great Lakes in a manner that would not result in any significant negative physical impact on the citizens of Ontario or the natural environment; and Do so in an expedient manner, given the exigency of the current climate situation and the need to transition to alternatives energy sources as soon as possible.

Zero Carbon Ontario
18 supporters
Started 3 weeks ago

Petition to Marc Garneau, Navdeep Singh Bains

Ask Canada to adopt an electric vehicle sales quota to fight climate change, air pollution

Canada needs to adopt a policy requiring large automakers to sell a certain percent of vehicles that are electric (called an electric vehicle (EV) mandate or zero-emission vehicle mandate) to enable transition to low-carbon transportation, reduce traffic-related air pollution and decrease the risk of associated chronic diseases such as asthma. Please urge the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport and the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to adopt an effective nation-wide EV mandate.  The issues: About 25% of Canada’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are from the transportation sector. These emissions have been increasing over the decades and will continue to increase. Greenhouse gases are linked to global warming and climate change, which have been associated with extreme weather events such as superstorms, droughts, forest fires, etc. Fossil-fuel based transportation is also responsible for local air pollution (traffic-related air pollution), which is associated with higher risk of asthma, cardiovascular disease and premature death. In the greater Toronto-Hamilton Area, this pollution is estimated to be responsible for about 700 to 1000 premature deaths each year. Across the country, 13% to 54% of Canadians live in areas of high exposure to traffic-related air pollution. To improve the health of Canadians exposed to such pollution, reduce our overall GHG emissions, meet our international commitments and contribute to keeping global temperatures from increasing beyond 2 degrees centigrade, emissions from transportation need to be reduced. Several policies and solutions are needed to reduce transport-related GHG emissions. One cost-effective solution is an electric vehicle (EV) or zero emission vehicle (ZEV) mandate. One estimate suggests that we can reduce our transport-related annual emissions by 40% by 2040 by adopting a strong EV mandate.  What is an EV mandate? Mandated requirement that LARGE automakers sell a certain percentage of vehicles that are electric or zero emission. It has been adopted in Quebec, California and nine other US states. It would foster innovations, research, investments and partnerships needed to hasten the increased deployment of electric vehicles.  Why an EV mandate?  Unfortunately, while many Canadians are interested in buying electric vehicles, there are often long wait lists and few models to choose from. In fact, it is estimated to be five times harder to buy an electric vehicle in Canada than in the United States. A strong EV sales quota would address these issues. For more information on electric vehicle sales quota or mandate, how it would work, and other information on electric cars, please visit zevrev.org.   References:  1. Herring, S. C., N. Christidis, A. Hoell, J. P. Kossin, C. J. Schreck III, and P. A. Stott, Eds., 2018: Explaining Extreme events of 2016 from a climate perspective. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 99 (1), S1–S157. 2. Trenberth, K. E. et al. 2015. Attribution of climate extreme events. Nature Climate Change. 5: 725-730. 3. Environment and Climate Change Canada. 2017. Greenhouse gas emissions by Canadian economic sector. Available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-indicators/greenhouse-gas-emissions/canadian-economic-sector.html  4. Brauer, M. Reynolds, C. and Hystad, P. 2013. Traffic-related air pollution and health in Canada. CMAJ. 185(18):1557-8  5. Miller, S. J. 2016. Traffic related air pollution: Health consequences and mitigation strategies.  6. Medical Officers of Health in the GTHA. 2014. Improving health by design in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area. Available at: https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2014/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-69503.pdf  7. Burke, A. F. and Kurani, K.S. 2000. Study of the Secondary Benefits of the ZEV Mandate.  8. Axsen, J. 2017. The Conversation.  How to get more electric vehicles on the road. Available at: https://theconversation.com/how-to-get-more-electric-vehicles-on-the-road-88755  9. Clean Energy Canada. 2017. Stuck in Neutral. Available at: http://cleanenergycanada.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Report-EVs-2017-FINAL.pdf  10. FleetCarma. 2015. Ease of Purchasing EVs in Canada. Final report for Environment Canada. Available at: https://www.fleetcarma.com/docs/FleetCarma_EaseofPurchasingEVs.pdf  11. Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission. 2017. Supporting carbon pricing. Available at: http://ecofiscal.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Ecofiscal-Commission-Report-Supporting-Carbon-Pricing-June-2017.pdf  12. Jaccard, M. 2016. Want an effective climate policy? Heed the evidence. Policy Options. Available at: http://policyoptions.irpp.org/magazines/february-2016/want-an-effective-climatepolicy-heed-the-evidence/

ZEVREV.ORG
95 supporters