Topic

environment

237 petitions

Update posted 5 hours ago

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.

Gautam Malkani
261 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Dominic LeBlanc and Catherine McKenna dominic.leblanc@parl.gc.ca; Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca;

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.

Lifeforce Foundation
134,573 supporters
Update posted 9 hours ago

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

Matthew Behrens
8,257 supporters
Update posted 11 hours ago

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. 

Wan Lu
140,510 supporters