Petition to Ronald V. Joyce
Help us keep Nova Scotia pristine
Many of the pristine beaches and roads of Nova Scotia are littered with waste from Tim Horton's (as well as other waste). Since Tim Horton's has such a strong influence and success in the Maritime Provinces, and Tim Horton's already has "litter awareness and community clean up" programs, we are asking Tim Horton's to take an extra initiative in our province to further encourage guests to properly dispose of/recycle their waste. The "litter awareness and community clean ups" aren't enough here in our beautiful province. On Tim Horton's corporate website (http://timhortons.ca/ ) the last noted community clean up support initiatives were in 2014. We are hoping that extra initiatives taken here in Nova Scotia will be used to educate and inform the public and to even begin a cultural change around greater respect for our environment.
Petition to University of Victoria, UVIC
Sipping Sustainability: Coffee Cups on UVIC Campus
At UVIC, over 3000 paper coffee cups are thrown out every day. That is the equivalent of one average sized tree here on Vancouver Island. So we made a statement by taking all the coffee cups that would have previously gone into the landfill, and we dumped it on my head. If you like trees, hate garbage, or just like signing petitions, please add your voice to our campaign to get the University of Victoria to provide alternatives to disposable coffee cups. So what's wrong with disposable coffee cups? Beyond deforestation, our campus' cup waste is contributing to climate change. When you throw your paper cup in the garbage, it won't just compost in the landfill. As compostable materials break down in a landfill they decompose anaerobically and release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Coffee cups are also not obviously compostable. There are many eco-friendly ways to dispose of these cups, but it isn't clear for the average student to know what those are. The paper cups sold on campus are compostable and recyclable, but due to a lack of education and clear signage, most of these cups end up in the garbage. Our goal with this project is to get the University to provide alternatives to the current sole option, disposable cups. Here are some solutions we have thought of: 1) A campus wide cup share program similar to those being trialled at universities around Canada. These systems provide reusable cups for people to use when they forget their own, and can then be returned for a deposit. 2) Mugs in the cafes around campus so that people can sip their coffees to stay. This will not only make campus more personal but will help keep cups out of the trash. 3) Subsidized travel mugs available at the cafes around campus to encourage people to bring their own mugs from home. And there are many other options! Sign the petition, share the video, and give us your ideas for a cup-free future on campus.
Petition to Sunterra Market
Sunterra Market: Help End Food Waste
Sunterra Market is the only grocery store chain I know of that only throws away stale/expiring food, not donating or discounting them for quick sale before the best before dates. This is one of the dark and wasteful secrets of Sunterra, an Alberta based upscale supermarket chain who touts itself as 'sustainable' and 'from farm to table' but the reality is anything but. This ignorant wasteful practice is totally unacceptable in the light of the fact that millions of people go hungry every single day and this is the ultimate disrespect to our mother earth and her abundance. This needs to stop immediately so please share this deep and wide in your network. Thanks so much, also on behalf of Mother Earth!