The headline of this article made me think of the legal forgiveness that car/truck drivers often get when they hit pedestrians or bicyclists. But that's not what they are talking about. They are talking about engineered transportation designs that allow for our mistakes and human nature. An example of forgiving design is the placement of rumble-strips on the road to alert an auto driver they are approaching a stop or may be driving off onto the shoulder. Unfortunately, some of these forgiving elements only serve to allow drivers to speed up or drive more carelessly.
Forgiving design elements are known but rarely applied to protect pedestrians and bicyclists but that trend appears to be changing.
A big thank you to Evergreen & Walmart for supporting Sierra Club Ontario’s 12th Annual Earth Day Mississauga Tree Planting.
Community tree plantings increase green space in Ontario while developing connections between citizens and nature. Sierra Club Ontario’s Peel Group enjoys a long-standing cooperative relationship with Credit Valley Conservation to engage and educate the public in environmental programs. This year’s event took place Saturday, May 5th 2012 at McLaughlin Pond. Originally created as a stormwater pond, the site now serves as wildlife habitat and was carefully selected to enrich it for both flora and fauna. First-arrivers to the event found a pair of orioles fluttering about and the plants surrounding the water’s edge featured red-wing blackbirds and native butterflies all day.
Our friends with Friends of the Greenbelt are featured in this article in Alternatives Journal. Check it out -- if not for the Greenbelt content then for the super-cool aerial photo of the Humber River outflow to Lake O.
Attached below is a Tool Kit for organizations, businesses and individuals who want to participate in this Canada-wide effort to raise their voices in response to our federal government who is trying to silence us. The federal budget has been tempered with in ways that would effect laws that are now in place to protect the environment.
Please take a moment to read through the tool kit attached below!
This is a joint post with Andrew S. Kanter, MD MPH, the president of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Coal kills. Don't take it from us; that's what International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde told a Washington, D.C., audience recently, noting that coal pollution is responsible for 70,000 premature deaths each year in India alone. Shockingly, that is only the tip of the iceberg. Even in developed countries like the United States, coal burning is responsible for approximately 13,200 deaths, 9,700 hospitalizations, and more than 20,000 heart attacks annually.
Lakes Michigan/Huron/Georgian Bay water levels are now within a few centimetres of setting a new record low. While more wetlands are drying up, the number of dead birds and fish washing up on the south shores of Georgian Bay are increasing every day. Dead loons, ducks, grebes and Lake Sturgeon ( a Species At Risk) are being picked up by local residents wearing protective gloves.
Locals hope funds can be raised to dredge the entrance to the Nottawasaga River to allow Lake Sturgeon in next spring to be able to spawn. With levels expected to decline more over the coming months the ecological and economic costs are mounting. Interest and support for restoration of Lakes Michigan Huron Georgian Bay waters levels has now broad support around the Great Lakes.
We are just a week away from #BlackOutSpeakOut day (June 4th). I can tell you the campaign momentum is building! The list of participating organizations is over 100 and growing! Maude Barlow just told me The Council of Canadians is also joining the protest. All across the country Canadians are recognizing that silence is not an option in face of the war on nature and democracy.
The break is over and we only have a few days to convince the Ontario government not to weaken its already inadequate enforcement of the Endangered Species Act.
The Natural Resources Ministry wants to stop issuing permits to developers wanting to build in areas where endangered species are living. Instead of being required to obtain a permit (as is the case now) when working in sensitive habitat areas home to endangered or threatened species, developers and industry would only have to voluntarily comply with existing rules and regulations. In our business "voluntary regulation" is an oxymoron; a misnomer for deregulation or the wholesale gutting of regulation (remember voluntary labeling of GM foods – 10 years later we’re still waiting for that to happen).