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.
Petition to mayor of montreal, Justin Trudeau
Ban plastic straws in the city of Montreal
Plastic has become a global crisis because it is killing our marine life and ecosystems. Single use plastics are the culprit, they get used once and are thrown away. Although Montreal has banned plastic bags since 2016, the city still has a lot of work to do in order to be called plastic-free. In Canada we use 57 million plastic straws per day and if we truly tackled the plastic problem we would address how much damage straws really do and ban them in Montreal. Plastic is not biodegradable, it breaks down and enters our food chain and ultimately ends up on our plates. Plastic straws take up to 200 years to start decomposing and in most places are not recyclable. Each person that consumes sea food has one pound of highly contiminated plastic in their body and this could stop now if we took action to ban straws! In 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean and it is up to us as a society to take a stand today to protect our nature in order to leave a healthy environment to future generations! Please help me make Montreal #Strawless Version Française ci-dessous La pollution causé par le plastique est devenu un problème mondial parce que notre vie marine et nos écosystèmes sont grandement affectés. Les plastiques à usage unique sont les coupables, ils sont utilisés une fois et sont jetés. Bien que Montréal ait interdit les sacs en plastique depuis 2016, la ville a encore beaucoup de travail à faire pour être qualifiée un endroit sans plastique. Au Canada, nous utilisons 57 millions de pailles en plastique par jour et si nous nous attaquions vraiment au problème du plastique, nous nous concentrerions sur les dommages causés par les pailles et les bannirons à Montréal. Le plastique n'est pas biodégradable, il se décompose et rentre dans notre chaîne alimentaire pour finalement se retrouver dans nos assiettes. Les pailles en plastique prennent jusqu'à 200 ans pour commencer à se décomposer et dans la plupart des endroits ne sont pas recyclables. Chaque personne qui consomme des aliments de la mer a une livre de plastique contiminé dans son corps et cela pourrait cesser maintenant si nous prenions des mesures pour interdire les pailles! Au Canada, nous utilisons 57 millions de pailles en plastique par jour et si nous nous attaquions vraiment au problème du plastique, nous nous pencherions sur les dommages causés par les pailles et les bannirons à Montréal. En 2050, il y aura plus de plastique que de poisson dans l'océan et c'est à nous, en tant que société, de prendre charge aujourd'hui pour protéger notre nature afin de laisser un environnement sain aux futures générations! Aidez-moi à faire de Montreal une ville sans pailles.
Petition to Minister Environment of Nova Scotia, Minister McKenna
Save The Northumberland Strait - Protect our Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout
Today we have about 25 Sea Trout and Atlantic Salmon bearing rivers that dump into the Northumberland Strait, not counting tributaries. The Strait is a main passage for our Sea Trout and Atlantic Salmon as well as a place to feed and get energized prior to entering the rivers. However all this is at major risk with the proposed 90 million litres of effluent to be pumped into the Strait a day. The effluent at the outflow of the pipe is going to come out at 25c in the Winter and 37c in the summer! These temps will dramatically change the diversity and make up of this sensitive and important marine ecosystem. This will increase the overall temperatures of the Strait over time due to the high volume of effluent being pumped a day. The water temperatures are not the only concern. The makeup of the toxic chemicals that will be part of the effluent pose major threat to marine life. The current mill infrastructure cannot handle the new proposed effluent makeup because it will be to corrosive to their internal setup and that pumping it into the Strait is the most economical option for the Mill. This is info that has been communicated by the Mill in several public forms. The other obvious threat to the Strait is the colour and clarity of the water will change. The effluent due to its makeup will change the colour of the water at the outflow of the pipe which is positioned a few kms offshore and directly into the Strait. At millions of litres a day, this will impact a very large area and ultimately change the natural state of the ecosystem. These are only 3 points of a concern from a very long list that is pipe will cause. Sea Trout and Atlantic Salmon are not the only species at risk here. Herring, Gasperaux, Smelt, Eels, Whales, Atlantic dolphins, Tuna, Mackerel, Striped Bass, etc etc etc - all will be impacted by high water temps, toxic chemicals and water clarity. Please sign this petition to show your support that you are opposed to the Northern Pulp's Effluent Pipe being placed in the Northumberland Strait. To be clear, we are not promoting the closing of the mill; instead pursue other options to deal with the Pulp waste versus polluting this valuable Marine ecosystem.
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Help Rural Manitobans Shut the Door on More Pig Factories: Stop Bill 19
In Canada, Manitoba's provincial government has concocted a smelly and hazardous scheme for rural people, pigs and the environment. Millions more pigs will be raised in factory barns for slaughter. Land, air and water pollution will increase. The ability of rural people to prevent this can be taken away. Public hearings start May 9. A decision will happen this spring. They need to hear from us NOW! Manitoba Legislature: Withdraw Bill 19 We want the Manitoba Legislature to withdraw Bill 19, or millions more pigs will be raised in factory barns. More liquid manure will pollute land, air and water for taxpayers to clean up. Generations will bear the social, economic and environmental consequences, all for the sake of two corporations’ shareholder profits. Rural people want to keep their right to say no to hog industry expansion into their communities. They do not want to wake up one morning to find a hog factory being built in their backyard. Provincial officials cannot be trusted to regulate in secrecy, an industry actively promoted by government.
Petition to Bonnie Crombie, Dave Cook, Chris Fonseca, John Kovac, Carolyn Parrish, Ron Starr, Nando Iannicca, Matt Mahoney, Pat Saito, Sue McFadden, George Carlson
Save Lorne Park from Unmanaged Growth
As you know, Lorne Park is a unique neighourhood with distinguishable homes surrounded by mature trees. A recent development proposal on 1190 and 1200 Lorne Park Road has raised a lot of concerns. We want to ensure that we save the local neighbourhood on Queen Victoria Avenue, Lorne Park Road and Garden Road from negative impacts from this proposal. (The local community is not opposed to development in general in this location but are against this proposal as it currently stands.) We believe that the current proposal suggests removing several mature trees, (some which are over 80 years old) which will take away from the character of the neighbourhood. Replacing them will take 50-60 years before they are as large as the other trees in the area. This proposal also suggests similar looking homes vs. the distinguishable homes in the surrounding areas. The proposal doesn’t consider existing by-laws in terms of homes being too close to the road vs. the other homes in the area. The proposed development is not sufficient to build the amount of proposed homes and will add approximately 28 more cars to the traffic flow issues currently experienced in the neighbourhood. The first town development in the area, which cut all mature trees but one & looks like a sub-division, and frankly doesn't fit with the neighbouring properties. We hope the city doesn't proceed with another mistake like that. The proposal also suggests building twice as many homes as suggested by the by-laws as well. The proposal offers NO environmental benefits for the neighbourhood. - The proposal should only have five detached homes to keep with the character of neighbouring homes - The proposal must not cut down any mature trees. The city must have an independent arborist vs. relying on the developer’s arborist on the health of the trees. - The proposal must comply on existing by-laws on the number of homes being built with appropriate set-back to the road.v s. the suggested 14 homes, which are very close to the road (which exceeds the number of homes suggested by the City of Mississauga's by-laws)- The proposal must ensure the homes don't exceed the height of neighbouring homes. If we don't stop aggressive developments like this, we will see more encroachments further into the community taking away the character away from the neighbourhood. Please sign and share the petition to ensure that Mississauga City Council pushes for managed growth, while protecting our neighbourhood.
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Save the Orca Families from Extinction!
Our oceans are the home to families of orcas who are now hungry and living in noisy and polluted waters. The Southern Resident killer whales (orcas) are endangered and require immediate protection, or they will disappear forever. These iconic, intelligent beings live in family pods their entire lives and contribute to the fragile balance of marine ecosystems. There are now only 76 Southern Residents remaining and the time to act is running out. This petition urges Fisheries and Oceans Minister Dominic LeBlanc and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna to take immediate action and implement an emergency order to protect the endangered Southern Resident orcas who live off British Columbia and Washington State. They are responsible for taking action to implement an emergency order under the Species at Risk Act for these orcas who have been facing imminent human threats to their survival and recovery. They can make a difference and save the orca families from extinction! The three major causes of their rapidly declining population is lack of food, vessel traffic/harassment, and pollution. The emergency order should: Guarantee Safe, Abundant, and Healthy Food - Moratoriums must be implemented to rebuild the presently broken ocean food chain. Harmful fish farms, that threaten wild salmon, must be closed; Stop Vessel Traffic Noise and Harassment; Prevent and Clean up Pollution; Enforce Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) - MPAs must restrict activities, such as fishing, that interferes with and threaten orca’s lives. They must be increased in Canada and the US; Stop Invasive Experiments and the Cumulative Impact of Research on Orcas - As other orca populations are also at low numbers all satellite darting (spearing) and skin biopsies, that permit a pathway for infections and cause deaths, must be stopped. The Southern Resident orcas are counting on us to take action. Please sign and share this petition to ensure their survival. You have signed this petition and you want to take further action? You can contribute to protecting these orcas through making a donation to Lifeforce Foundation through Paypal.
Petition to Carolyn Bennett, Jim Carr, Dwight Ball, Justin Trudeau
Free Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors James Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis
(Photo: Marjorie Flowers, James Learning, and Eldred Davis, who have spent years seeking to protect the lands, waters, and people downstream from Muskrat Falls, are now behind bars for their peaceful protection actions because the colonial court system is acting as an agent for a project that will produce methylmercury poisoning and the very real threat of catastrophic dam break and mass drowning.) Inuk Elder James Learning (aged 79) was jailed indefinitely on Friday, July 21 for refusing to stop his own efforts to protect Labrador residents from poisoning and drowning at the Muskrat Falls project. Also jailed for protecting the land and water July 21 were Indigenous Labrador Land Protectors Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. Learning and Davis (NunatuKavut) and Flowers (Nunatsiavut) are part of a larger group (including a journalist) facing ongoing, serious court proceedings for their nonviolent actions. This new round of jailing Indigenous people and their allies comes on the heels of the incarceration in May of Inuk Grandmother Beatrice Hunter, another Labrador Land Protector thrown in jail for trying to save the future of her land and people from a Trudeau-backed mega hydro project at Muskrat Falls being led by the Newfoundland and Labrador Government and their crown corporation Nalcor. http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/jim-learning-custody-breaching-injunction-muskrat-falls-1.4215759 The Muskrat Falls project will poison the water, land, and all life forms with methyl mercury for generations to come. It is built in part on quick clay, which moves, leaving open the possibility of a catastrophic dam collapse. Scores of Indigenous and non-Indigenous land protectors face serious charges for peacefully trying to stop this dangerous, unnecessary project. http://theindependent.ca/2017/03/18/land-protectors-face-criminal-charges-for-defending-water-food-culture/ We are calling on the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Dwight Ball, who is ALSO Minister of Labrador, Intergovernmental, and Indigenous Affairs, as well as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada Minister Carolyn Bennett, to immediately intervene and meet the following demands: 1. Immediate release of James G. Learning, Marjorie Flowers and Eldred Davis. 2. Dropping of all charges against Labrador Land Protectors and lifting of the anti-democratic injunction against land protectors brought by NALCOR Energy 3. Cancel the Muskrat Falls hydro project because it is too dangerous in the short and long term, whether from catastrophic collapse of the North Spur (which is built on quick clay, which moves) or from methyl mercury poisoning. #ShutMuskratDown
Petition to Royal Caribbean International
Ban the use of plastic straws on Royal Caribbean cruise ships
The average American uses disposable plastic utensils at an average rate of 1.6 straws per person per day. Based on national averages, this equates to each person in the U.S. using about 38,000 straws between the ages of 5 and 65. 90% of ocean waste is made up of plastic trash and it is having a devastating effect on marine life. Animals and seabirds are ingesting plastic waste on a daily basis, in particular single-use plastic straws. Ecosystems are being completely destroyed and we fear the endangerment of various turtle species as these animals frequently ingest plastic straws mistakenly as food. Dear Royal Caribbean, as one of the largest cruise lines in the world, please consider taking the first step as the leader of the industry by banning the use of plastic straws on your cruise ships. On a recent cruise with my family, I was given a straw with every drink, on average of 4 drinks per day, per person. When you consider the simple act of replacing the plastic use straw with a compostable version, or banning it altogether, the impact is tremendous. I know it is a small step but it can be the first step in our global commitment together to help reduce climate change. Thank you for your consideration. It is in everyone’s best interest to do their part in preserving the beauty of our ocean and marine life for the generations to come.