Petition to Starbucks
Starbucks, Design and Use Fully Biodegradable Straws
Over 500 million plastic drinking straws are thrown away in the US each day. This is an enormous problem. If you were to line up those 500 million straws end-to-end, they would circle the earth 2.5 times. That's just the amount of straws thrown out in one day, by one country. Plastic drinking straws are often not recyclable due to their size. As a result, billions of them end up in landfills and oceans each year. The majority of plastic straws used are made from a petroleum based plastic called polypropylene. Making 1000 kg of polypropylene releases 3530 kg of CO2 equivalent greenhouse gas into the atmosphere. This is why we need Starbucks to stop using plastic drinking straws. We need them to design and use fully biodegradable straws. Starbucks is already investing $10 million into designing a fully recyclable and compostable coffee cup, so why stop there? Why not take it a step further and design compostable drinking straws as well? Sign this petition to get Starbucks to design new biodegradable drinking straws. Sign this petition to protect the environment. #LastStrawStarbucks More Reading: https://www.ecowatch.com/eco-friendly-drinking-straw-alternatives-2571689759.html http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/1/3/the-problem-of-plastic-straws-and-how-each-of-us-can-make-a-difference https://www.marthastewart.com/1524287/how-to-fight-plastic-pollution-straws https://www.alternet.org/environment/its-time-stop-using-plastic-drinking-straws-theyre-bad-environment-and-harm-wildlife
Petition to Chris Ballard, Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May, Catherine McKenna
Ban plastic bags and implement recycled paper fibre bags in Canada
The most common pollutant found in the ocean is plastic. In 2012, on International Coastal Cleanup Day, over 1,019,902 plastic bags were collected, with even more still in the ocean. This number in recent years has risen drastically. The rising amount of plastic in our oceans creates smaller microplastics which are often ingested by marine life of all sizes. Reports suggest that around one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed every year due to plastic ingestion. Several marine species are even on the verge of extinction from this very source. The entire marine Eco system will suffer until we do something about it. It is time for change. In Morocco, plastic bags have been completely banned, and have been replaced with recycled paper fibre bags that are biodegradable. Canadian government should follow suit, and ban plastic bags and find Eco friendly alternatives such as the recycled paper fibre bags. When dealing with an issue as big as this, we must ask ourselves is human conviniance more important than a global issue? Please help me in raising awareness to bring this to attention to not only the Ontario provincial government, but as well as federal leaders who hold power in the House of Commons such as Green Party leader Elizabeth May, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada Catherine McKenna, as well as the Minister of Ontario Chris Ballard, and even the current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Petition to Lawrence MacAulay
End food waste in Canada!
French | English Every year, $31 billion of food ends up in a landfill in Canada alone. This isn't just stale bread and mouldy produce. This is good to eat food of all sorts. Produce, dairy, grain, protein, and everything outside of those. Yet, nearly one million Canadians rely on food banks each month, and about four million Canadians are "food insecure", of which 1.5 million are children. In 2015, the French government passed a law forbidding supermarkets from wasting and deliberately destroying food that can still be eaten. Instead, supermarkets have since been required to donate all unsold food products to charity such as food banks. A similar anti-food waste law can and should be implemented in Canada, nationwide. As it is, Quebec is now requiring that all supermarkets give unused food to foodbanks. Doing the same on a federal scale is not inconceivable. It is doable, and it is already being done in communities worldwide. In addition to the people who would be positively affected, food waste contributes greatly to climate change. Reducing food waste would benefit our environment. This petition urges the Govenment of Canada through the Hon. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Agriculture, to create a federal program to combat food waste. The program will: Bar supermarkets from intentionally destroying and wasting unsold, still edible food Require Canadian supermarkets to give unsold, still edible food to Canadian food banks Require Canadian supermarkets to give wrongfully packaged or damaged, still edible food to Canadian food banks The law passed in France began with a simple petition not much different from this, on this very website. That petition received over 200,000 signatures. Our goal is to obtain 100,000 and to gain national attention to this very real issue. With your support, we can make a difference, and we can show our government what matters to us. We need you. We need your voice. We need your support. Please sign and share this petition to bring change and to bring this law into Canada! Use the #WhyWasteFood and #FoodDeservesBetter when sharing or discussing this campaign on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter! -- Learn more: A $31B problem: How Canada sucks at reducing food waste Man who forced French supermarkets to donate food wants to take law global Help the environment, reduce food waste
Petition to Dominic LeBlanc and Catherine McKenna firstname.lastname@example.org; 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.
Petition to Mayor, Linda Hepner, TransLink Minister, Peter Fassbender, Councillor Tom Gill, Councillor Bruce Hayne, Councillor Vera LeFranc, Councillor Mary Martin, Councillor Mike Starchuk, Councillor Barbara Steele, Mayor, Ted Schaffer, Councillor Paul Albrecht, Councillor Jack Arnold, Councillor Dave Hall, Councillor Gayle Martin, Councillor Rudy Storteboom, Councillor Val van den Broek, Councillor Judy Villeneuve, Councillor Dave Woods, Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation
Change the proposed Surrey LRT to SkyTrain
In 2012, TransLink and the Ministry of Transportation released the Surrey Rapid Transit Study analysis, which looked at 14 alternatives for building rapid transit South-of-the-Fraser. The best of these alternatives was "RRT1A", which combined a SkyTrain extension to Langley with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) to White Rock, Newton and Guildford. RRT1A served all of the proposed transit corridors, met all capacity requirements, and had the most transportation benefits of any alternative. Instead, Surrey has decided to pursue a street-level Light Rail (LRT) system - even though it was not considered the best alternative. The study actually found that building an LRT would result in a net loss to society, rather than a net benefit. The LRT alternative did not have a positive benefit-cost ratio, and would not cost less to build than the RRT 1A alternative - instead costing more to operate in the long term. A street-level LRT is not the system that will serve Surrey best in the future. With its total costs now topping $2.6 billion, it will be the most expensive mistake in our region's history. SkyTrain for Surrey's campaign vision is to see an Expo Line: Langley Extension on Fraser Highway and a Bus Rapid Transit system on King George Blvd & 104 Ave, instead of a street-level LRT. Passengers boarding an extended Expo Line at Langley Centre Station would reach Waterfront Station in downtown Vancouver in less than 60 minutes. Why we oppose LRT: CLICK HERE // Our Vision: CLICK HERE
Petition to Brian Bigger
Plastic-Free Greater Sudbury
The equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic enters the world's water systems every minute. Single-use plastics are currently consumed at an alarming rate. Protect our City of Lakes and take the pledge for Sudbury. Single-use plastics (for example bags, plastic cutlery, plastic straws) present an insidious threat to our city on multiple levels. They often wind up in waterways or on the landscape, becoming eyesores and degrading water and soil as they break down into tiny, toxic ‘micro plastics’. Given that Greater Sudbury is home to 330 lakes (which is more than any other municipality in Canada), our city is well poised to lead the way on this issue! We will attempt to do this by encouraging establishments around Greater Sudbury to remove 3 or more single-use plastic items (or swap them to more sustainable alternatives). Ideally, they will also stop offering items like plastic cutlery and packages of condiments without consumer request. It will benefit these business owners, as they will save costs associated with buying single-use plastic items. By signing and sharing this petition, you are leading the way for the community of Greater Sudbury and ensuring future generations get to enjoy the same things we do today.
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.
Petition to Lisa Helps, Lisa Helps and Victoria City Council, Chris Coleman, Marianne Alto, Jeremy Loveday, Ben Isitt, Margaret Lucas, Pamela Madoff, Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Geoff Young
Ban single-use plastic bags in Victoria, BC
Plastic bags are polluting our oceans, killing tens of thousands of birds and marine animals each year. They are typically used once or twice for short time before they become waste, and often litter. Coastal communities are ideal locations for single-use plastic bag bans as plastic pollution in the ocean is especially hard to address. As you read this, there is a growing mass of plastic trash circulating around the Pacific Gyre in the Pacific Ocean! The idea behind banning single use plastic bags is to promote the use of re-useable shopping bags. For these reasons and many others, I, the undersigned, am in support of a bylaw to effectively ban the use of single-use plastic checkout bags in Victoria, BC.