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Petition to Premier Stephen McNeil, Minister Margaret Miller, Minister Lloyd Hines, Minister Michel Samson

Stop destroying Nova Scotia's forests for biomass power generation

Nova Scotia’s forests are rapidly disappearing.  In recent years, more and more forests are being chipped to feed biomass furnaces for electricity generation, thereby mutilating our landscapes and reducing shelter and food resources for wildlife.  Is this destruction of Nova Scotia’s forest ecosystems the kind of “green energy” we want ?  Every day, 50-60 truckloads of wood are hauled to the Point Tupper biomass boiler to produce electricity at an efficiency of merely 21.5 %.  Yet, at a recent meeting to plan the Canadian Carbon Cutting strategy, Environment Minister Miller announced that Nova Scotia is “greener than the rest”, leading Canadian provinces in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Nova Scotia Power now obtains 26.6% of its power from renewable sources, like hydro, tidal and wind (but this includes 2.8% from forest biomass).  Nova Scotia will soon benefit from the link with the Muskrat Falls Hydro project.  Why then should we level our forests for biomass power generation?  Why should Nova Scotia Power increase its reliance on forest biomass for electricity generation from 2.8 to 7% by 2020?  Current levels of biomass harvesting have transformed former forests into bleak, apocalyptic landscapes.  Imagine more than doubling this impact annually. In light of the arguments provided below, Nova Scotia's current ‘green energy’ legislation must be amended.  Courageous action to reverse energy policy mistakes from previous governments would show outstanding, forward thinking.    Therefore, given that: 1. Clear-cutting forests for electricity generation is the lowest end use of our forest resources.  This prevents diversification of the forest economy with more eco-friendly and value-added industries (e.g., selective logging, fishing, hunting and tourism).  2. Clear cutting for biomass energy production is harmful to wildlife, wildlife habitat, water cycles, soil nutrients, carbon storage and the chemistry of nearby waterways. The map of forest loss at this link (<iframe width="400" height="400" src="http://earthenginepartners.appspot.com/science-2013-global-forest?hl=en&llbox=81.7%2C-73%2C165.6%2C-162&t=ROADMAP&layers=layer0%2Clayer1%2C10%2Clayer9%2C6%2Clayer12&embedded=true" style="border: 1px solid #ccc"></iframe>) reveals the extensive clear-cut activity in Nova Scotia since the Point Tupper biomass plant became operational.  3. The Nova Scotia Power biomass boiler relies overwhelmingly on primary harvesting – trees clear-cut and chipped solely for power generation. Its “must run” status is due to the need for steam at the Port Hawkesbury Paper mill, not because it is sustainable. Biomass energy derived from primary harvesting increases carbon emissions for many decades, unthinkable at a time when humans need to reduce their carbon footprint.  4. Clear-cutting for biomass energy was a factor in the demise of Finewood Flooring in Cape Breton and Riversbend Flooring in Antigonish.  5.  Scarcity of firewood due to increased biomass harvesting is increasing the cost of wood for home heating, impacting energy security for rural Nova Scotians.  6.  The power produced by the Point Tupper biomass boiler costs ratepayers an extra  $6-8 million annually. Please send a clear message to Nova Scotia’s government to stop using forest biomass for power generation by signing this petition. Please write to Premier McNeil and the provincial Ministers of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources to support this request.                                                            Addresses for the Premier and Ministers Honourable Stephen McNeil                                                premier@gov.ns.ca Honourable Michel P. Samson                    ENERGYMINISTER@novascotia.ca   Honourable Lloyd Hines                                                        mindnr@gov.ns.ca Honourable Margaret Miller                            Minister.Environment@gov.ns.ca                 

Helga Guderley
30,598 supporters
This petition won 1 week ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau House of Commons in Parliament Assembled Canada, Gord Johns, MP House of Commons , Ottawa, ON K1A 0A1, The Honourable Catherine McKenna MP, The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, MP Murray Rankin, The Honourable Kathleen Wynne MPP, The Honourable Philippe Couillard PC MNA, The Honourable Stephen McNeil MLA, The Honourable Brian Gallant MLA, The Honourable Brian Pallister MLA, The Honourable John Horgan MLA, The Honourable Wade MacLauchlan CM OPEI MLA, The Honourable Scott Moe MLA, The Honourable Rachel Notley MLA, The Honourable Dwight Ball MHA, The Honourable Bob McLeod MLA, The Honourable Sandy Silver MLA, The Honourable Paul Quassa MLA

National Strategy to Combat Plastic Pollution in Aquatic Environment in Canada

  We, the undersigned residents of Canada, draw the attention of the House of Commons in Parliament Assembled to the following:Whereas plastics in our oceans, lakes, rivers and other bodies of water pose a dire threat to sensitive ecosystems, wildlife, communities, and individuals; And whereas plastics make their way these bodies of water in a variety of ways including: stormwater outfalls; global ocean tides and currents; and direct industrial and consumer waste disposal;Therefore, we the undersigned call upon the federal government to work with the provinces, municipalities, and indigenous communities to develop a national strategy to combat plastic pollution in and around aquatic environments, which would include the following measures;1. Regulations aimed at reducing;a) Plastic debris discharge from stormwater outfalls,b) Industrial use of micro-plastics including, but not limited to, microbeads, nurdles, fibrous microplastics and fragments,c) Consumer and industrial use of single use plastics, including, but not limited to, plastic bags, bottles, straws, tableware, polystyrene (foam), cigarette filters, and beverage containers.2. Permanent, dedicated, and annual funding for;a) Cleanup of derelict fishing gear,b) Community led projects to clean-up plastics and debris on shores, banks, beaches and other aquatic peripheries,c) Education and outreach campaigns on the root causes and negative environmental effects of plastic pollution in and around all bodies of water.Furthermore, we call upon the Government of Canada to adopt M-151 and establish a national strategy to combat plastic pollution. Veins of Life Watershed Society  REQUIRED : NEEDS TO BE PRINTED AND MAILED IN ENVELOPE FOR FREE TO * Gord Johns, MP // House of Commons // Ottawa, ON // K1A 0A1 (no stamp required, please use an envelope Name:Email:Address: (mandatory) (in full (or) City&Prov. (or) Prov.&Postal code)Telephone:Signature: (mandatory) Please return completed petitions to: Gord Johns, MP // House of Commons // Ottawa, ON // K1A 0A1 (no stamp required, please use an envelope )

John Roe
11,536 supporters