Climate Justice

5 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Catherine McKenna, Dwight Ball, climate change andenvironment minister

Stop Methylmercury Poisoning of Indigenous People at Muskrat Falls

The Trudeau government and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna are supporting the methylmercury poisoning of Indigenous and non-Indigenous People downstream from the Muskrat Falls megadam with a $9.2 billion investment. The Newfoundland and Labrador government is equally complicit in knowingly proceeding with this dangerous project despite the lethal risks documented by Harvard University. That poisoning could begin as early as Spring, 2019. This is morally reprehensible, and it is also illegal. On April 7, 2017, Canada signed the legally binding Minamata Convention on Mercury to reduce mercury emissions and to protect the environment and human health. On April 11, 2018, the majority of Independent Expert Advisory Committee members  (tasked with exploring how to mitigate the very clear risk of methylmercury poisoning) called for "targeted removal of soil and capping of wetlands in the future reservoir area before impoundment" at Muskrat Falls. Almost a full year later, no action to mitigate the risk of methylmercury poisoning has taken place. The Minamata Convention Canada signed on to is clear in recognizing "the  particular vulnerabilities of Arctic ecosystems and Indigenous communities because of the biomagnification of mercury and contamination of traditional foods, and concerned about indigenous communities more generally with respect to the effects of mercury." When Catherine McKenna signed the Convention, she said: "Our Government is unwavering in its commitment to safeguard the environment and the health of Canadians from the effects of mercury." But the federal government is investing $9.2 billion in the Muskrat Falls megaproject, which will, as documented by Harvard University, poison a downstream population (90% Indigenous) with massive spikes in the lethal neurotoxin methylmercury that will bioaccumulate in the traditional country food web. This places Ottawa and the provincial government of Newfoundland and Labrador in violation of international law (as well as in violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which requires the free, prior and informed consent of all directly impacted by such megaprojects). We are calling on Minister McKenna, Prime Minister Trudeau, and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball to take this binding convention seriously, and to take all measures necessary to end the well-documented risk of methylmercury poisoning of those downstream of Muskrat Falls. Under the Minamata Convention, the federal government must withdraw its $9.2 billion in Muskrat Falls unless there is 100% proof that no methylmercury poisoning will occur if the dam goes online. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball must also halt any further construction of the Muskrat Falls megadam unless he can similarly provide such a bedrock guarantee. Anything less is complicity in an act of cultural genocide.

Matthew Behrens
8,481 supporters
Started 11 months ago

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 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.

Rohan Jain
4,597 supporters
Started 1 year ago

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.

Emma Helman
15,068 supporters
Update posted 1 year ago

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: 

Divest Dal
711 supporters