Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Day 9, Solid Great Lakes Protection Act, Premier McGuinty

Keeping local for this letter, I googled "Canada Environmental Campaign" to find some letter-worthy topics.

A slew appeared from Environmental Defence. One that immediately struck me was "Stand up for Our Great Lakes".  Intrigued, I read on.

Lake Huron Canada
Lake Huron borders Ontario and Michigan. Or so says the image source, my geography is a bit sketchy since high school:

Apparently, "The Great Lakes Protection Act is proposed legislation that, if passed, would help restore and protect the Great Lakes so they stay drinkable, swimmable, fishable, for us, and for future generations."

Yeah, I'd never heard of this legislation. So much for staying up-to-date.

Even cooler? 

It's open for another couple weeks of public consultation online. If you don't want to write a letter, you can read it and make official, public comments by clicking here:
Making an image into a link?  Feeling pretty fancy over here

Environmental Defence says: "... tell the government that we want the Act to be strong enough to protect the Great Lakes’ wild species and human inhabitants from current and future stresses. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stop polluting and to start restoring the source of drinking water for 80% of Ontarians. Help us make sure the Act is really great."

The Letter

Assuming (correct me if I'm wrong) Env Defence is okay with this, I've reused a lot of the text and ideas from their website petition.

To: Premier McGuinty

I agree with Environmental Defence that we should do more to protect the Great Lakes. I would like to summarize many of the main points from their petition as follows: 

The US is already benefiting by investing millions in creating jobs through restoration and conservation of the lakes. Let's revv things up to this level, and make the Great Lakes Protection Act strong: addressing upstream pollution, protecting remaining wetlands, and forward thinking enough to deal with the impacts of climate change and population growth.

Thank you, I'm excited to see this happen!

Sent to:
Dalton McGuinty, Premier
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto ON M7A 1A1

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