Topic

conservation

24 petitions

Update posted 4 days ago

Petition to W. Craig Jelinek, CEO W. Craig Jelinek

COSTCO: find an alternative to Palm Oil, Orangutans survival depend on it

Palm Oil is a cheap additive in many products we consume/use each day. These include but are not limited to; food, beauty products and biofuel.  COSTCO currently uses Palm Oil in some of their own Kirkland brand products. Because Costco has such a global market of consumers, people have the right to know the negative impact and devastation the consumption of Palm Oil is having. In Borneo there are rainforests that are being burned every second, so row upon row of palm plants can take their place. Animals such as Orangutans have to evacuate quickly to save their lives. This devastation leaves dead or injured, crying and orphaned baby Orangutans among other animals. In Borneo and Sumatra this biodiverse forest is the last place on earth where Tiger, Orangutan and Elephant still co exist.  Costco is a member of the "Roundtable on sustainable palm oil" although they can say they belong to this group, they have not taken action on major steps to use "sustainable" palm oil. There are many questions surrounding the reliability of "sustainable" palm oil, and the truth behind the RSPO.  We ask that Costco join the movement to totally end Palm Oil use. Palm Oil is often disguised with various names in products (please research these) and email manufacturers to stop using Palm Oil. Join me in asking Costco to be the great company we know and love, in making the right move for the planet, by totally eliminating Palm Oil from their brand, and to use their buying power to inspire other manufacturers to do the same.  #getitoutcostco   

Ashley Harris
48,933 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Christopher Atkins, Linda Hepner, City Clerk

Don't eliminate Greenside's natural space with high density development

This petition is for residents and visitors to Surrey BC. We've all seen the negative results of Surrey's high-density development of numerous green spaces: more property crime, traffic congestion, overloaded schools, insufficient parking, noise and the loss of mature trees. Next up is the natural area in the centre of Greenside Estates (development proposal file# 7915-0393-00). Residents walk their dogs in the natural area, play with their children, and watch the ducks in the duck pond. Cramming 236 townhouse and stacked townhouse units into that 6.4 hectare area will destroy this much needed natural space and detract from the livability of the area. Even those who do not directly enjoy the natural area or pond will be affected by this proposed development. Traffic and congestion of the adjacent 60th Avenue, 192 Street, and Fraser Highway will unavoidably worsen. Parents of students who attend Latimer Road Elementary have reason for concern, because this development would put an additional 236 families right next to the school. It would also add additional students to Clayton Heights Secondary, which is already over-capacity by more than 330 students. This additional load may result in larger classes, more portables, or changes to the school catchment areas. This development proposal should not be approved. Development should be lower-density and limited to the portion of the green area that is closest to Fraser Highway so it doesn't interfere with the pond or detract from the livability of the area.If you are a resident of Surrey, please sign this petition and let Christopher Atkins (Surrey Planning & Development Department) at 604-591-4327 or ctatkins@surrey.ca know that you don't want this development. Quote file number 7915-0393-00.To see what this green space and duck pond looks like, check out:http://greensideestates.imgur.com/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgD__hUrxHMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui8HGmQCAg0https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cZ0k0sAP6ETo see the current development proposal's status and developer's contact information, see:https://apps.surrey.ca/Online-Development-Inquiry/?year=15&seq=0393

Zack Blair
691 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Government of British Columbia

Stop spraying BC forests with herbicide to kill trees like poplar that wildlife need

Follow us on facebook or on twitter! When a boreal forest regrows after logging, it is a paradise for wildlife like bees, moose, birds, and beavers, with a large selection of food including fireweed, poplar (aspen), birch, willow, grass, and many other plants that are critical to wildlife.   However, to industrial forestry, only one type of tree has value- conifer trees like Lodgepole Pine.   Utilizing helicopters equipped with spray nozzles and tanks of herbicides, companies spray these cutblocks 5-10 years after logging with industrial-strength glyphosate to kill every plant that isn't a conifer.  The effects are devastating and long-lasting, as a forest without aspen will support far fewer wildlife, and especially moose, than one with. 10,000 - 20,000 hectares of diverse forests are sprayed every year in BC, mostly aspen forests in the Prince George and Cariboo area.  That is enough forage to support 2500-5000 moose.  The reason this is done is because in the Central Interior of British Columbia, like other places that spray, there is no factory that utilizes the "weed" trees that are killed by spraying.  There is no other reason.   Without an industry to utilize the unwanted trees, the government designates these trees pests, and it then becomes legally necessary to eliminate these trees from the forest, along with the many creatures and animals that depend on them.   The result is a monoculture forest of limited biodiversity and with little wildlife.  This is not a a good enough reason to spray our forests with a toxic substance to kill a wide variety of critical wildlife shrubs and trees. Intelligent forestry should embrace the biodiversity that nature provides us with.  We should allow mixed forests with pine, fir, aspen, and birch.  This will benefit us as our climate changes and protect us against catastrophic losses.  Mixed forests are less vulnerable than monocultures.  They produce more timber, and utilize light and water more efficiently.  And they are better for wildlife.  There is no good reason why our forests are sprayed.   

Stop the Spray BC
58,715 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to The Township of Muskoka Lakes

Stop over-development in Muskoka on Leonard Lake

Leonard Lake is a beautiful headwater lake that drains into Lake Muskoka, but this last stretch of natural shoreline on the lake, along with endangered species habitat and prime wetland is in danger of being lost. The owners of this property have registered an application to re-zone and sever this mile of shoreline, adding five development lots to the one in existence, and to expand the road, potentially setting the stage for further development. This is the second application that the owners have filed to sever and rezone this property. The current application asks the Township for an exemption to the zoning by-law to get around the rezoning requirement and an Official Plan Amendment to counteract the fact that Leonard Lake is still considered an “over-threshold waterbody”. This application is a disguised waterfront sub-division and we strongly oppose this development. Smaller lakes such as Leonard are vulnerable to development activity and decisions taken by Townships regarding land use changes on small lakes are precedent setting for all of Muskoka. We believe that the fight to prevent the development of this last stretch of undisturbed shoreline on Leonard Lake is a watershed event and worth the engagement of Muskoka residents far beyond the borders of this lake. The approval or denial of this development application will be determined September 12th and 14th at the Township of Muskoka Lakes hearing and public meeting and we need your support to defeat this application. Please help us to protect Leonard Lake and protect Muskoka by signing this petition and where possible, attending the hearings.  Your comments are greatly appreciated, they will be shared with Township decision-makers prior to the hearing. 

Leonard Lakes Stakeholders Association
638 supporters