Petition Tag - environment

1. Protect Chilliwack's Drinking Water

Morning time beckons: Wake up. Brush teeth, flush toilet, water garden, shower. Grab clean bowl out of dishwasher. Make coffee. Fill water bottle.
Isn’t it great the city water supply wasn’t turned off this morning? I’d really like to keep it that way. How about you?

You probably know the Trans Mountain pipeline runs right past city wells, and that the company want to put a second, larger pipeline to triple the capacity of the system from 300,000 barrels per day to 890,000 barrels per day. The City is concerned about that going past city wells. They’ve gone back and forth with the company for years. Recently the city requested the following:

“1) Documentation from BC Hydro confirming there is no possibility of proceeding with alternate route P1 and details of the route P1 mitigation alternatives considered to protect the drinking water source for 76,000 Chilliwack residents.
2) That the depth of the new pipeline be limited to a maximum of 2 meters below the existing surface.
3) Require the use of pipeline design and construction methods that both reduces impacts to homes and properties and safeguards our drinking water source.
4) Require automated vapour monitoring be added to the suite of leak detection measures, with monitoring locations as agreed upon by the City.
5) Require the monitoring and spill response plans be developed in close cooperation with and to the satisfaction of the City.

These conditions are non-negotiable.”

Kinder Morgan responded with a heavily redacted copy of a BC Hydro report, going 2.4 to 3.4 meters down (bottom of trench), assurances re construction practices, disagreement on vapour monitoring, and encouraging the city to continue to participate in Kinder Morgan’s workshops and meetings. The City is not satisfied, so they’re going into the NEB’s “Appropriate Dispute Resolution” process with the company.

But are they even arguing about the right thing? Should the city be arguing about *how* to build a second pipeline right past city wells? Or, like when you renovate a house and upgrade the plumbing and electrical while you’ve got the walls open, should they be talking about the new trench for the new pipeline as the opportunity to move both pipelines to a safer route?

Did you know that Kinder Morgan themselves said in a worst case full-bore rupture in the Fraser Valley the new 590,000 barrel per day pipe could spill 1.3-million litres? Or that they also said that up to between 2 and 5% of pipeline flow can leak *undetected* by their safety systems? On the old pipe that’s there now that would be from 39,750 to 99,375 litres per hour. On the new pipeline that would be 78,175 to 195,437 litres per hour. Yes, “per hour”, - undetected -, on a pipeline where a consultant the City hired said that if a spill reached groundwater in the area of our wells the wells would have to be “turned off immediately” to avoid contaminating the city’s system. (Benzene, by the way, is one component of diluted bitumen that is toxic, cancer-causing and dissolves in water. If the water smells funny some day, don’t drink it.)

Either sort of spill would be seriously harmful if it happened into our aquifer. And the old pipe has had 82 spills so far. Several of over 1-million litres, and one in 1992 into groundwater that they are still trying to clean up today, 25 years later. Fortunately that groundwater wasn’t anyone’s source of drinking water.

Of course it’s true that the odds of a spill here are very small, but the odds of a spill in those other 82 places weren’t any different. And an alternate route is available. If they dug the new trench alongside Highway 1 from where it already crosses the highway by Upper Prairie Road (that odd looking thing in a little square fenced pad just south of the highway there is a manual shut off) to where they have a pump station right beside the highway on McDermott Road in Abbotsford, they could decommission the old pipe that’s across the aquifer now, put two pipes in the new trench and completely remove any risk of ever having a pipeline spill into our drinking water.

The Mayor brought up that option of going alongside Highway 1 in a letter to the NEB on April 27. And in the July 4 Council meeting Councilor Lum asked staff to do a peer review of whatever data Kinder Morgan have on the option of going alongside Highway 1.

If you agree the pipelines should be moved, now is the time to support the City to push for that, while the City is in negotiations with Kinder Morgan and before the NEB’s public hearings on the route which will be happening sometime late summer or in the Fall.

Show your support by signing the attached petition. Optimally write the Mayor and Council via the City website at www.chilliwack.ca/main/page.cfm?id=673&contactID=181 (>125 letters will get the City's attention). Thank you for your time and shared concern.

2. India Uprooted

Mumbai : Thousands of trees which are being chopped for the Metro-3 project is one of the major environmental concern. Trees are an important part of our life. Do you think there was any other option Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd could have used or can still use to save trees/mangroves? And also for the proposed plan to widen the Mumbai-Goa highway, cant the numbers decrease?
Looking for suggestions from people, whats your view on that matter? Is there still any way to prevent it?
#choppingoftrees #mumbai #aarey #metro #trees #environment #concerns #savearrey #mumbaitreemassacre #treesofmumbai #mumbaimetro

3. Ban The Microbeads

We are Ban the Beads, Malaysia. We comprise of youth leaders from around Malaysia, in partnership with Save Philippine Seas and the U.S Embassy in Malaysia. We currently run programmes aimed at raising awareness to the harmful effects of microbeads and the permanent damage they leave in our environment. We have found that, while developed nations like the U.S.A, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and several other have already taken steps towards eradicating the use of microbeads, Malaysia is trailing behind, with little or no agencies actively pushing the nation in that direction. Our objective is to begin conversations with like-minded organisations that are willing to work together with us to move towards the legal banning of all products with microbeads.

4. The Last Straw

A video went viral in 2015 of a sea turtle with debris lodged in it's nose. Once removed, it was discovered that the object was none other than a plastic straw. Straws are something society overlooks in their daily lives, but the usage of straws is becoming overwhelming. Americans alone use 500 million straws a day, which could wrap around the eart two and a half times. These petroleum based, polypropylene tubes are consuming the oceans, injuring and killing wildlife, and threatening the climate. This is the last straw.

5. Stop the plastic “reusable bags" in Hawaii

On July 1 2015, the country applauded Hawaii for being the first state in the country to enforce a plastic bag ban.

The next day, some shoppers in the City and County of Honolulu — where nearly 70 percent of the state’s population lives — were given free “reusable bags,” like the one on picture, at checkout

If it looks like the bag is made of plastic, that’s because it is. And, according to experts, these thicker, “reusable” bags are actually worse for the environment than the flimsy, single-use bags used before the ban.

The City and County of Honolulu’s law allows “reusable bags” as an exception to the ban, defining them as “a bag with handles that is specifically designed and manufactured for multiple reuse” and is made of durable materials, “including plastic that is at least 2.25 mils thick.”

Plastic in general is produced out of the raw material of oil. So if they're producing a thicker material versus a thinner, naturally, it’s going to take more of that resource than it did when they were making the thinner bags.

They were trying to target the most wasteful of all: plastic bags, but we need to redefine the term ‘reusable bag’ [in the ordinance] so that it does not include plastic.

6. Colorado Support Paris Accord

The entire world supports the Paris Climate Accord except for:

Nicaragua (because the Agreement was not aggressive enough)
Syria
United States of America

Hawaii has signed into law that commits it to the Paris Climate Accord, Colorado should follow suit.

7. People's Accord

The unprecedented threat to all inhabitants of planet earth, our shared home world, from human impact on our environment has made common action imperative for not only our survival but that of many other species, and to sustain earth as we know it. While 193 countries have signed on to the Paris accords, success requires all citizens of all countries, including the three non-signers (US, Nicaragua and Syria), to not only support the accord in any way they can including holding their countries to their commitment, but to also pull all stops as nothing short of maximum effort individually and in global cooperation can assure success.

It is vital for survival.

8. REDMART: Please Help To Save The Environment

Do you realise that every time the Redmart delivery person offloads his trolley, he will hand you one plastic bag after another and another...and another?

Almost every item is packed in individual strong and large-sized plastic bags. Even items from the same category are often packed in separate bags when they can easily combined. For orders around $100, i can easily get 5 to 7 plastic bags.

Sometimes, they will even give you a box filled with plastic bags of goods. The delivery person does not accept the plastic bags to re-use as well.

We do not need to look far to find appalling facts on how the excessive use of plastics have irreversibly damaged our precious marine life and ecosystems.

9. Bins for the Bank

A group of girls from Melbourne Girls Grammar School, are trying to receive a grant for bins, to be placed on Boatshed Drive, South Yarra.

10. Save the Kapok Tree!

Please sign this petition to help us keep the Kapok tree from going extinct. This beautiful tree has many uses to our daily life without us even realizing it. The problem is, the Kapok tree are one of the most endangered trees in the world. Our goal is to spread the word of how important it is to save this tree and the only way we can do it is with your help. The more people who back us up, the harder it will be for organizations to ignore.
The Kapok tree holds the most natural fibers we could ever use. Due to the low density and insulating properties, the fibers are used to stuff pillows, mattresses, toys, and life jackets. These fibers are very organic and great for our health. Research even shows that toxic substances found in non-organic pillows can cause reproductive and neurological problems. In addition, the seed holds 20-25% oil, very similar to cotton seed oil, which can be used for cooking, and making soaps. Their seeds, leaves, and bark are also used to treat medical conditions. Not only are these a lot of uses to us, but also to many animals. We actually found that some of the most endangered species, rely on this specific tree for shelter and food. These species include the harpy eagle, fruit bats, monkeys, birds, frogs, insects, and even honey bees. If this tree went extinct, these species would follow, one after one. And it all leads up to us.
Please sign this petition, to not only save the tree and animals, but to save us.

11. Create A National Reforestation Day

I want to raise awareness by creating a national reforestation day

12. Ban Plastic Bags in Hamilton, NJ.. then Mercer County, then Statewide!

Americans dispose 100 billion plastic bags a year. Where do they end up? Everywhere they're not supposed to be.
How many plastic bags do you have balled up and stored in another plastic bag around your home? Too many to count right? We do not bring these plastic bags back to grocery stores and reuse them; we just keep collecting more and more. This increases the demand to manufacture and purchase more.
Plastic is a manmade material and is not part of the natural Earth. It does not decompose before our feet. The sun can slowly break down plastic into smaller pieces, however this releases toxins into streams, soil, and oceans. The fragments are called microplastics which enter our food chain and increase in abundance to higher trophic levels. Microplastics have even been examined in the fish we eat and since this is recently discovered information, scientists are unsure the effects this will play in humans lives. But I assure you, swallowing plastic is not healthy.
The production of plastic uses petroleum, oil, which pollutes the atmosphere and increases the carbon dioxide concentration. Petroleum is a non-renewable resource and requires drilling into the Earth. This leads to a high risk of oil spills,
I'm sure you've seen plastic bags caught on tree branches, blowing across beaches or the streets, and the videos of marine life suffocating on plastic bags. Turtles are known to drown from consuming plastic bags, thinking they are jellyfish. We need to protect our wildlife, our oceans, and our planet.

13. Protect the Environment

We believe that the protecting environment and environmental safety should be a top priority in the world today. With the important landmarks being made such as the Paris Climate Agreement, and with many other steps being taken today, we must preserve those steps and move forward, as well as making more strides towards a cleaner and better world.

14. Uzveicam zilaļģi Garkalnes novada ezeros / Clean the lakes in Garkalne from blue-green algae

LV

Mēs vēlamies informēt Garkalnes pašvaldību, ka ir jāķeras pie zilaļģu problēmas risināšanas Langstiņu ezerā, Baltezerā un citur, kur tā novērota neveselīgā daudzumā.

Kāpēc tas ir nozīmīgi?
Garkalnes novada ezeri un sili ir nozīmīgs iemesls, kāpēc cilvēki vispār izvēlas apmesties Novada ciemos. Tāpēc pašvaldības intereses ir uzturēt ūdeņus tīrus.

Aptaujājot vietējos ezermalu ļaudis atklājās, ka zilaļģes (Cyanobacteria) ziedēšana ezeros viņus bezgala satrauc. Vasarās ar atpūtniekiem pilnais Langstiņu ezers un Baltezers zilaļģu ziedēšanas laikā kļūst pamests un tukšs.
Ezeri ne tikai ir vizuāli nepievilcīgi, bet zilaļģe ir bīstama gan cilvēku veselībai, gan arī ūdeņu iemītniekiem. Tā var izdalīt toksīnus, kas sliktākajos gadījumos cilvēkiem var izraisīt elpceļu un aknu mazspēju. Ezeru ūdenī zilaļģes samazina skābekļa daudzumu, radot nedraudzīgu vidi zivīm un citām ūdenī dzīvojošām dzīvības formām.

Ir divi galvenie darbības virzieni, kuros ir jādarbojas, lai zilaļģe pazustu no Novada ūdeņiem: (1) Ir jāsamazina zilaļģu galvenās barības vielas fosfora iepludināšana ezeros no vietējām mājsaimniecībām; (2) Jau ezeros esošās zilaļģes iznīcināšana videi draudzīgā veidā.

ENG

Garkalne County is one of the greenest in Latvia. Lakes and forests are one of the main reasons why people chose to live there.
One problem that concerns people is blue-green algae (Cyanobacteria) in the local waters. In summer such lakes as Langstini lake or Baltezers are full of people, but when blue-green algae is blooming they are empty. Lakes are not only visually unappealing, but blue-green algae blooms can also be toxic and harmful to human health and aquatic residents.
We are collecting signatures in order to inform Garkalne County Council that in the next term they need to start to clean the local lakes. Particularly acute is the blue-green algae problem in Baltezers and Langstini lake.

15. Express transport from Barrie to Toronto

This service meant to provide easy safe and fast option for people from Barrie to reach Toronto and people from Toronto go back to Barrie. This service is meant to help to create less traffic on the roads by including 15 passengers in one van And not having 15 cars at the same time on the road.this service is meant to keep our environment cleaner by creating less pollution .This service is a familiar too many people from other countries where it used for many years with a big success we are asking to allow people of Ontario using this service.

16. Accessible Green Roof at Bergeron Centre

This petition is to be given to the Dean of Lassonde at York University, Janusz A. Kozinski, for the purposes of making the existing green roof on the Bergeron Centre accessible to students. As of now, there are 2 existing green roofs on the Keele campus, both for stormwater management. With such wonderful benefits of a green space to students in education and health, there are many rewards we are missing out on. The presence of green spaces while studying increase attentiveness, memory retention and has been proven to help children with ADD. It also helps to ease stress, anxiety, and depression. Keele campus is heavily urban, therefore providing easy ways for students to commute to and from school, however, is proven to increase mental health disorders. With the green roofs we hope to bring to campus it will also incorporate ways in which they can positively affect the urban environment of campus by increasing comfort, convenience and green space which contribute to sustainable growth. Green roofs also allow for environmental benefits as well, including, providing a habitat for migrating species to meet in divided urban spaces, increasing biodiversity, and decreasing air pollution. The implementation of green spaces, in specific green roofs allow for more job opportunities in fields such as manufacturing, design, and maintenance. It also allows a new medium for research projects and studies. Furthermore, this place is a ground of community for the students as well as the surrounding North York area, combatting discrimination and oppression. This space will be a place of relaxation intended to increase productivity and mental health. There are many possibilities such as an event space and a community garden that can benefit both student, faculty and community members alike.

17. Tell City Council that you want a Zero Waste New Orleans

No Waste NOLA is asking the New Orleans City Council to develop a plan to become a Zero Waste community, because our trash is making us sick, and causing LOTS of other serious problems too. Support a cleaner, healthier community by telling the city council to pass a resolution committing to reducing waste in New Orleans!

In the U.S., on average, each person produces 1609 pounds of trash a year. So, with about 378,175 people in New Orleans, that means as we are sending 304,241 TONS of trash to our local landfills each year. Cigarette butts take up to 5 years to decompose. Glass bottles last for 1,000 years, - yet New Orleans has very limited glass recycling. Think about all that trash just piling up in our dumps!

As trash piles up and decomposes, it can cause air, ground and water pollution that causes a wide range of irritations and illness for people and animals - from asthma to allergies, and even cancer.

Trash is also a major contributor to climate change. As certain gases escape from decomposing trash, they surround our planet, stopping heat from escaping and preventing the earth from cooling down as it should. Over time, this can increase temperatures and change our climate.

Hotter weather means more pests as well - like mosquitoes and ticks - that can infect us and our pets with Lyme disease, Zika virus, and the West Nile virus. When it’s hot, cockroaches breed more often too – so as temperatures rise, so will our roach population! Expect more creepy crawlies on our streets and in our homes – yuck!

Increasing temperatures change weather patterns as well. When weather becomes erratic, we experience severe events like hurricanes, floods, and super storms.

For all these reasons, and so much more (link to fact sheet here) – we need to be better about reducing waste! Ask our City Council to protect our health, pets and planet by committing to a future with less trash and other waste!

18. Improving Our Street

Wolverhampton Street is a much-used road into and away from Dudley town centre. It's generally looked 'tired' and scruffy for several years.

Two large plots at the junction of Wolverhampton Street and School Street are in a particularly distressing state. Despite repeated discussion with the Council, these large areas have deteriorated further; one has huge amounts of rubbish strewn across it. The other plot includes an increasingly-dilapidated building whose roof is crumbling.

Vegetation encroaches on public footpaths from both plots. A very rough public path past one plot has had holes down into the plot - a danger particularly to toddlers.

People effected by the ugliness of these plots incłude:

* local parents and children on the way to Jessons School
* pedestrians making their way into/out of Dudley town centre
* thousands of vehicle drivers and passengers each day

19. Reinstate funding to the Canadian Environmental Network

The Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks need your help!

Historically, the Canadian Environmental Network and its provincial affiliate networks received annual core funding from the Government of Canada. This was used to facilitate networking on environmental issues across the country, coordinate national and provincial issue-based caucuses, coordinate ENGO participation in federal public consultation processes, and maintain open lines of communication between ENGOs and the federal government.

In 2011, as part of the across-the-board cuts to civil society organizations by the previous federal government, all federal funding to the RCEN and its provincial affiliate networks was cut. This left the national network and most of the affiliates with functioning primarily on a voluntary basis with limited capacity to do their work.

There is hope that the current government will provide for renewed funding in its upcoming budget. This funding is crucial for the survival of the national network and many of the provincial affiliate networks. A proposal has been submitted. It now needs strong and immediate support from environmental groups and individuals across the country.

This is where you come in!

Please take a minute to sign the petition to Prime Minister Trudeau, and call or write to your MP telling them why you value the RCEN, your provincial affiliate network, or environmental networking at the national level in general. Every MP's information is available on the website of Parliament at http://www.parl.gc.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members

Let’s show our federal politicians that a strong, well-connected grassroots environmental community is essential to a strong Canada!

20. We Stand with the Land

We, as local communities, have an inherent right—and duty— to [1] protect the land, water and air that give us life, and [2] ensure the health and safety of our residents.
Since April 2013, we have opposed Spectra Energy’s plan to run a dangerous, fracked gas, export pipeline through the heart of our communities, using every legal means available to us. Yet our system of government, at all levels, has failed to protect us. As 2017 begins, our resolve is stronger than ever to protect ourselves and this land by ensuring the NEXUS pipeline and compressor station never gets built.
Together:
- We defy a system of government that tells us we can’t protect ourselves from industrial harms because corporations have been given more “rights” than we who live here.
- We defy the gas industry’s plans to subject our families, communities, and natural environment to catastrophic danger for their own corporate profit.
- We defy FERC ’s conclusion that the NEXUS pipeline would have “less-than-significant” impacts to our air, land, water and communities.

21. Stop Trudeau's Carbon Tax & Use Taxes We Already Pay To Fund Cleaner Resources

Justin Trudeau took 10 vacations last year including the use of a private jet. He is passionate about climate change but instead of using the Canadian people's tax dollars to build the infrastructure needed to start using renewable energy and using fossil fuels more cleanly, he has been using the Canadian people's tax dollars to serve his own agenda and sending most of it overseas for other countries and governments to benefit from racking up a massive spending debt for us and our children to shoulder. Now he wants you to pay a carbon tax in addition to the taxes you are already paying. This tax will affect everything manufacturered and shipped - it will affect everything. Everything you buy; groceries, gas, heat, everything. So his plan is to punish us for the use of carbon.. not actually provide our country with what we need. For the Canadians who remember that the government's money is actually our money and that the government is supposed to serve us and not the other way around.. Justin Trudeau: stop vacationing and schmoozing and use our tax money to help us. Stop using our tax money like it is your own personal schmooze fund and get to work. No to carbon tax, no to more vacations, yes to building and improving energy infrastructure.

22. Moratorium on fresh water extraction consents

Currently, there is no legislation or regulations in place to protect our national freshwater resource from exploitation. The people are being classed as thieves for filling water bottles from outdoor taps when big corporations are taking millions of litres daily of our freshwater for the price of a resource consent. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11784239
The fact that government has passed the buck on to local body councils to grant extraction of our national resource for bottling, without giving a clear and concise piece of legislation to work from is irresponsible.

Also allowing an industry to operate without clear regulations when utilizing one of our national resources, allows for exploitation from foreign and domestic corporations.

We believe that any use of our national resource should benefit the entire nation and not a select few corporate elites and definitely not foreign owned corporations.
Let us stand together and fight for water for the future!

23. Ban Plastic Bags in India

In many countries of the world, there has been a phase-out of lightweight plastic bags. Single-use plastic shopping bags, commonly made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic, have traditionally been given free to customers by stores when purchasing goods—a popular method considered a strong, cheap, and hygienic way of transporting items. Problems associated with plastic bags include use of non-renewable resources (such as crude oil, gas and coal), disposal, and environmental impacts.
Governments all over the world have taken action to ban the sale of lightweight bags, charge customers for lightweight bags and/or generate taxes from the stores who sell them. The Bangladesh government was the first to do so in 2002, imposing a total ban on the bag. Such a ban has also been applied in countries such as Rwanda, China, Taiwan and Macedonia. Some countries in Western Europe impose a fee per bag. Bans, partial bans, and fees have been enacted by some local jurisdictions in North America, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Myanmar. Concurrently with the reduction in lightweight plastic bags, shops have introduced reusable non plastic shopping bags. Even when disposed of properly, they take many years to decompose and break down, generating large amounts of garbage over long periods of time. If not disposed of properly the bags can pollute waterways, clog sewers and have been found in oceans affecting the habitat of animals and marine creatures.
Petroleum is used to produce plastic bags. A car would be able to drive 11 metres on the amount of petroleum used to make a plastic bag. Two primary kinds of direct damage to wildlife are entanglement and ingestion. Wildlife animals or birds can become entangled. When the animals or birds are entangled they drown or cannot fly due to entanglement. In India our landfills are choked with plastic bags creating a crunch for more space for dumping grounds. Our storm water drains are threatened to explode during heavy monsoons due to plastic bags blocking the drainage system. We need to get our Government to ban plastic bags in India totally and put a fine on any one using plastic bags.

24. Be The Change That Climate Change Needs

The circumstances are simple really, Climate Change is going to destroy the Earth and many of our beloved plants and animals.

From the rainforest to the coral reefs the world is being brought it to its knees.

Now as non believers like Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt (head of EPA and basically a human mouthpiece for the coal and oil industry) take center stage it is imparative to say something.

25. Save Lake Knox from development and make it a protected reserve

The small lake next to Blind Creek bike track is under threat. Knox Council and the State Government intend on building medium density housing, a road and cars next to the lake.

We have named this lake - Lake Knox because it will more likely to be valued by people in power as something to protect.

F.O.L.K.S stands for Friends of Lake Knox Sanctuary and we are a group of local residents who want to stop development around the lake and instead propose a vision for it to be turned into an environment precinct similar to Blackburn Lake where the beautiful species of birds, animals and plant life can thrive in a dedicated space as well as providing walkers the opportunity to wander through and enjoy the peace and tranquillity that only nature can provide.

So if you would like to keep the area around Lake Knox free of cars, housing and roads then please sign this petition to SAVE OUR LAKE!

PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR ADDRESS OTHERWISE THE GOVERNMENT WON'T ACCEPT OUR PETITION - SOME CRAZY REASON THAT BELONGS BACK IN THE DARK AGES.. BUT REST ASSURED WE WILL TREAT YOUR DETAILS CONFIDENTIALITY AND ONLY COMMUNICATE WITH YOU ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN AND NOT REVEAL OR SHARE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS PUBLICLY.

26. Pesticide Audit Request for MN Office of Legislative Auditor

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is the lead state agency for all aspects of pesticide and fertilizer environmental and regulatory functions. These authorities are described in Minnesota Statutes §§ 18B, 18C, 18D and 103H.
In 2011, 45,589,881 pounds of agricultural pesticides were sold in Minnesota. Unfortunately, this is the most recent statistic publicly available from the MDA. Minnesotans deserve to know that all aspects of MDA’s statutory authority over pesticide use, including handling of pesticide misuse complaints, are carried out in a timely and comprehensive manner that protects public health, pollinators, organic farms and the environment.

The most recent Pesticide Regulation Evaluation Report was completed in 2006 by the Office of the Legislative Auditor. Approximately five hundred million pounds of pesticides have been applied in our state since then, and Minnesotans know it is time for a new audit. We respectfully ask that the Legislative Audit Commission direct the Office of the Legislative Auditor to evaluate pesticide effects, regulation and enforcement in Minnesota.

27. Tell Donald Trump we don't want to shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency, “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement or stop funding clean energy research

We need to tell Donald Trump we don't want him to shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency, “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement and stop funding clean energy research.

If these things happen, it will be a disaster for the environment world wide.

The solution? Continue funding clean energy research. Don't shut down the US Environmental Protection Agency. Don't “cancel” the Paris Climate Agreement.

28. Remove the Toxins around Us

A huge fog has engulfed Lahore, affecting visibility and forcing people to stay indoors. However, its not just fog, but a man-made smog that’s caused by pollution and other man made circumstances.

This smog is a highly toxic and can cause serious respiratory problems for people who may find it difficult to breath all of a sudden. Smog can also hurt eyes and nose by causing irritation. In Lahore, over the last past years, a smog descends every December. It is so thick that even airplane flights to Lahore are canceled as a result.In the last 5 years, this smog has grown way worse, owing to poor air quality and high amount of pollution caused by vehicles and factories.

The cutting down of trees and rapid industrialization has not helped matters as well, something that the development-focused authorities should do well to heed as well.Lahore is now considered as one of the most polluted cities in Asia. In winter months, all the pollutants tend to collect in the lower level of the atmosphere due to rains, cold spells and dry condition.

Experts state that factories in India across Eastern Punjab are to be blame as well, given their reliance on coal use. The emissions and pollutants from there carry over to this side of the border and make things worse.

29. PROTECT GULL LAKE BASIN AREA FROM FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

A subcommittee was formed lead by Darren Babiuk to protect Gull Lake from further cottage development.

-Gull Lake MB currently houses over 300+ cottages a combination of both permanent and seasonal residence.

-Any further development of this small area can negatively affect our water quality and water source in which naturally creates Gull Lake as we know it.

- An application from Canadian Polish Athletic Club (CPAC) for re-zoning seeks to rezone two properties located in the Gull Lake area and adjacent to Highway No. 12, to a “SR” Seasonal Residential zone, which would facilitate future development. The purpose of the “SR” Seasonal Residential zone is to provide land use guidelines for those areas having existing large lot seasonal residential development, and the zone includes a range of permitted and conditional uses (e.g. single-family residential, restaurant, recreation facilities, etc.). In addition, “SR” Seasonal Residential zone would allow for newly subdivided lots (Note: requires separate subdivision application and approval) with minimum lot area of 15,000 square feet and minimum lot width of 100 feet.

30. Enact a strong, rising carbon price

The climate crisis is urgent: July & August were the hottest months ever, one third of the Great Barrier Reef has died, and Arctic ice is melting more quickly than anyone thought possible. If that isn’t dire enough, experts report the Earth is now hotter than it has been at anytime in the past 115,000 years.

How have our politicians responded?

Canada’s targets for cutting carbon emissions are woefully inadequate. Climate Action Tracker, which analyzes whether nations will meet the goal of holding warming below 2 degrees Celsius, ranks Canada below its major trading partners (USA, China, Mexico) as well as lesser-known nations like Bhutan, Ethiopia, and Kazakhstan.

We must do better. We'll have an opportunity to do so this Fall, when a First Ministers’ Meeting will be held to hash out the details of a national carbon price.*

Before that meeting, send the Premiers a message. Show them you care about climate change. Tell them you want national carbon pricing that: (1) begins at $30 per tonne of carbon pollution; and (2) increases by at least $10 per tonne annually.

If enacted immediately, a national carbon price like the one described would increase to $100 by 2024. It's estimated we'll need to reach (and probably exceed) this price point to trigger the emission reductions necessary to curb the worst effects of climate change.

If self-preservation isn't reason enough to act, consider the benefits we can reap by enacting an ambitious carbon price. By speeding the transition to renewable energy, Canada can save $107.6 billion in annual health costs and see the creation of 293,000 construction and 463,000 full-time operation jobs.

But to realize these advantages, we must act NOW.

Canada's share of clean tech has declined since 2008, and our global ranking has fallen from 14th to 19th. In the meantime, nations like China have embraced green tech, and are well-positioned to capitalize on the global market for renewable energy options.

Since when has Canada waited for other nations to take the lead? Tell the Premiers you want Canada to be at the forefront of the fight against climate change. It's good for the planet, it's good for us, and it's good for the economy. All we need is the courage to act. Let's do it.
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*Carbon pricing is considered by many the “best first step” to combat global warming. Done right, it can create business opportunities, stimulate the economy, and protect low-income households.