Petition to Justin Trudeau
Ban plastic bottles in Canada
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute - which breaks down to 20,000 plastic bottles a second - and that number will jump another 20% by 2021. Usually we consider power plants, chemicals manufacturers and industrial activities as the main culprit, but not ourselves going about our daily business. Plastic, however, is a source of pollution that has become ubiquitous in our daily lives. Its proliferation causes some plastic to end up in our oceans impacting marine creatures and even our own food. Currently, it is estimated that in the world’s oceans fish outnumber plastic particles by 5:1 (by weight) and that by 2050 plastic particles will outnumber fish. Sign to put an end to plastic bottles! Un million de bouteilles en plastique sont achetées dans le monde chaque minute, soit 20 000 bouteilles par seconde. Ce nombre augmentera encore de 20% d’ici 2021. Nous considérons généralement les centrales électriques, les fabricants de produits chimiques et les activités industrielles comme le principal responsable, mais pas nous-mêmes dans nos activités quotidiennes. Le plastique, cependant, est une source de pollution devenue omniprésente dans notre vie quotidienne. Sa prolifération fait que du plastique dans nos océans finit par avoir un impact sur les créatures marines et même sur notre propre nourriture. Actuellement, on estime que dans les océans du monde, les poissons sont plus nombreux que les particules de plastique de 5 à 1 et qu'en 2050, les particules de plastique seront plus nombreuses que les poissons. Signez pour mettre fin aux bouteilles en plastique! Sources:https://www.waterdocs.ca/water-talk/2018/4/7/facts-about-bottled-waterhttps://www.headstuff.org/topical/science/plastic-bottle-oceans/
Petition to Justin Trudeau
Stop killing the Oceans and Marine Life. Today is Canada's #LastStraw.
My name is Rohan Jain. I am a 17 year old student in Toronto, Ontario. I have been running an environmental blog called the www.thesocialpoop.com A few days ago, I was researching plastic and came across these horrifying facts: 10 metric tons of plastic are dumped in the Pacific Ocean everyday. As of March 23rd, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 3x the size of France, 2x the size of Texas and makes up 40% of the ocean. This has led to the death of Albatrosses, sea turtles and other creatures. We are exposed to plastic each day in our food and water bottles. To make matters even worse, these microplastics are consumed daily by everyone. If we do not change our ways, the oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050. For a second, I want you to think about the devastating effects that plastic has on our health and the environment. Some Facts about Straws Of the 8 million metric tonnes of plastic dumped in the ocean each year, plastic straws are amongst the top 10. 1 billion plastic straws are globally consumed daily. This equals for a grand total of 365 billion plastic straws globally consumed each year. 1/2 of this amount is consumed in the United States. Why Straws? Plastic Straws are found pretty much everywhere - Examples are restaurants, bars, amusement parks, hotels, the Starbucks around the corner, and even our own homes. Do we really need plastic straws? There are a vast amount of eco-friendly options that are bio-degradable. Our Goal - June G7 Summit 2018 In April 2018, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has skirted around plastic straws, merely stating he would be open for suggestions and would like to discuss the issue with fellow G7 nations during the June 8-9 G7 Summit. However, we do not want the Canadian government backing out on a great start to fixing our polluted oceans and environment. In fact, Britain has banned plastic straws effective in 2019. We want Prime Minister Trudeau, the Canadian government, and the world to know that Canadians expect a similar response. Canada says: This is our #LastStraw.
Petition to John Tory, Energy and Environment Division City of Toronto, Lori Stahlbrand
Encourage Locally Grown Food in Toronto and Combat Climate Change
The global food system is currently responsible for 30% of all of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions on the planet. Greenhouse gas emissions and CO2 emissions are contributing to the greater problem our environment is facing: global warming. Carbon emissions from imported food impacts our environment significantly – by inducing severe weather changes, rising sea levels and flooding, and more directly, people. Consumers in Toronto are buying many imported products that generate hundreds of kilograms of CO2 emissions across the globe through transportation. A local box of strawberries in season in Ontario saves around 3,263g from buying a non-local strawberry from California. Eating seasonal and local foods can reduce pollution, preserve the environment, and slow global warming. By eating local and seasonal foods in Toronto, we can reduce our footprints by up to 10%. So, what we are proposing is to redirect consumers in Toronto so that we can all reduce our carbon footprints by buying and consuming more local and seasonal produce items. As it is, consumers are not able to clearly see which products are local and seasonal in grocery stores. This petition urges the Municipal Government of Toronto to create a program for all grocery stores in the City to combat food transportation emissions and climate change. This idea aims to: o Use clear signs for local and seasonal products in grocery stores, providing information about the distance travelled and carbon emissions you save from buying a local product as opposed to a non-local product o Requires supermarkets to label as well non-local products that are not in season, providing information on the distance the product has travelled and how much carbon emissions it has generated through transportation and importation This idea could start with a simple petition, if we can present this to the Municipal Government, we could reduce our carbon footprints by 10% by buying local produce that is in season. Our goal is to obtain at least 100,000 signatures – with your support, we could make a difference and combat climate change together. Please sign this petition so we can make an important change in Toronto. Thank you.
Petition to Richard Florizone, Susan Brousseau, Lawrence Stordy, Ms. Eleanor Bernard, Ms. Joyce Carter, Ms. Cassandra Dorrington, Mr. Laurie Jennings, Ms. Candace Thomas, Ms. Michele Williams, Mr. Robert Richardson, Ms. Paula Simon, Iain Klugman, Ms. Brenda M. Hogan, Dr. Brian R. Johnston, Mr. Robert Hanf, Ms. Amina Abawajy, Ms. Kati George-Jim, Mr. Jeremy Ryant, Ms. Sherry Porter, Prof. Elaine Gibson, Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Mr. Ian Bezanson, Bob Hanf, Anne McLellan, Kevin Hewitt, Jody Forsyth, Aubrey Palmeter, Dareen Abramson
Richard Florizone and Dalhousie Board of Governors, put divestment back on the table
After a week long campout in November 2017, one of Divest Dal's members spoke in front of the Board of Governors about the moral and financial imperative to divest from climate wrecking fossil fuels. The speaking time was won by the constant presence of students, camping in the rain and the cold for 8 freezing nights on the university’s quad. It was also a result of the continued support we’ve received from our community-- from the +75 students who showed up to the Board of Governors meeting and the +500 supporters who have sent letters to individuals board members the week before the meeting. This campaign escalation came after years of inaction by Dalhousie University. Since the university's decision makers voted against divestment in 2015, the Board refused to discuss the topic any further. November's BOG meeting was the first time in 3 years divestment was on the agenda, and we put it there. As climate change accelerates, and as the 700+ strong list of institutions who've divested grows, we're calling on Dalhousie University decision makers to step up and answer our call. Never before has there been this much support for an issue on campus. No more excuses. It's time to divest. *** Want to support us beyond signing this petition? SUPPORT CLIMATE JUSTICE IN MI’KMA’KI/NOVA SCOTIA!- Donate to support the Alton Gas Resistance: https://fundrazr.com/b1Il98?ref=ab_84WTga_ab_19wgh0QTFfh19wgh0QTFfh