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Sign Earth Flag 2015
Earth Day Canada in partnership with corporate, public interest, faith, aboriginal and political leaders, people across Canada and groups like CEA is creating the 2015 Earth Flag. The Flag will serve as a powerful symbol to artistically display the commitment of people from coast to coast in Canada to ease climate change and reduce our carbon footprint.
Earth Day Canada's goal is to collect 1 million signatures for the Flag. They will be collected under the pledge:
“I pledge to make Earth Day Every Day and reduce my carbon footprint.”
The signatures will be artistically assembled onto the Earth Flag which will be presented at the upcoming climate talks in Paris. We hope the 2015 Earth Flag will be a stunning visual and bring a positive message of resolve to address climate issues at COP-21.
NEW - Update
Ontario finally passes Great Lakes Protection Act
After many years of effort by individuals and organizations across Ontario, including the CEA, the Great Lakes Protection Act was passed in the Ontario legislature earlier this month. The Act adds legal protections to the most significant freshwater ecosystem on the planet and takes a significant step towards fulfilling the recommendations made in Ontario's Great Lakes Strategy
Chalk It Up
2365 Edna Street, Windsor
The CEA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Chalk It Up, a local business dedicated to upcycling.
Chalk It Up takes good quality used furniture and accessories and ‘upcycles’ them by changing the colour with homemade chalk paint. Chalk It Up makes their own chalk paint to reduce the amount of leftover/mistinted paint that ends up in our landfill. By changing the colour, the piece and the paint stays out of the landfill. A small percentage of each sale will be donated to CEA. Chalk It Up is located at 2365 Edna Street in Windsor and is open Tuesday-Friday 10-5 and Saturday 9-1.
CEA State of the Detroit River Boat Tour 2015
Thanks to everyone who participated in our river tour this year. Our sold-out trip was a great success. Thanks to our guest speakers: Peter Werbe, Nick Schroeck, John Hartig and Phil Roberts. Photos of this year's tour are now available on our website. If you have any questions or comments regarding the tour please contact us at email@example.com.
During the month of April the Citizens Environment Alliance joined Ecology Ottawa, Toronto Environmental Alliance, Environment Hamilton and Oakvillegreen in Windsor for a two day strategy meeting on cities taking action to fight climate change. Left to right: Dusha Sritharan, Graham Saul, Beatrice Ekoko, Beatriz Gomez, Lynda Lukasik, Franz Hartmann, Stu Campana and Derek Coronado.
CEA Partners with The Clean Economy Alliance
The Clean Economy Alliance is a group of over 50 organizations representing a broad cross-section of Ontarians that have united to urge Ontario to show leadership in addressing the crucial issue of climate change. As members of the Clean Economy Alliance we have agreed to six principles that should guide Ontario’s climate change strategy and action plan. View Clean Economy Alliance website.
Coal-tar Sealcoats Major Source of PAH Contamination in Great Lakes Basin
Coal-tar sealcoats are sprayed or brushed on asphalt parking lots, driveways and roads every few years to protect against weather, extend their life and improve appearance. These sealcoats are a significant source of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), a known human carcinogen. PAHs are widespread in the Great Lakes basin. Studies have shown that as much as 50-75% of PAH contamination found in the sediment throughout the Great Lakes region comes directly from coal-tar sealcoats.
The CEA has partnered with Freshwater Future to raise awareness about this environmental pollutant and how to reduce its environmental impact. Find out more about the hazards of coar-tar sealcoats here.
Environmental contentions filed against proposed Fermi 2 life extension
A coalition of environmental groups, including the CEA, have officially intervened against the application by DTE (Detroit Edison) to extend the operating license at its Fermi 2 atomic reactor for an additional 20 years, to 2045. Two of the contentions concern high-level radioactive waste, and two are about reactor risks.The coalition has issued a press release about its intervention and contentions opposing Fermi 2's license extension. View press release.
New Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health
The CEA in collaboration with Environmental Defence and other environmental groups have submitted comments to the Ontario and Canadian governments regarding the Canada-Ontario Agreement on Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health (COA). COA sets the stage for the governments to cooperate to ensure the restoration, protection and conservation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin over the next five years. Here is our response to the proposed COA: View submission.
Environmental Coalition Continues Challenging “Radioactive Russian Roulette” at Davis-Besse
March 25, 2014: Opponents to 20 more years at Davis-Besse cite radioactive waste dilemma, renewable alternatives. Recent WIPP dump leak undermines NRC assumptions, Wind/Solar growing by leaps and bounds. Read full release.
May 22, 2013: Environmental coalition challenges Davis Besse's "experimental" steam generator replacement - Groups seek NRC license amendment safety hearings. Read full release.
November 5, 2012: Hearings on the Davis-Besse nuclear reactor license extension. Read full release
July 16, 2012: Environmental Coalition Bolsters Case Against Davis-Besse. Read full release
Proposal to Build Fermi 3
October 31, 2013: Doubts on Geotechnical Data Undermine Safety at Proposed Fermi 3 Atomic Reactor. Read.
March 18, 2013: Final Impact Statement Comments focusing on water. Read submission.
February 20, 2013: Fermi 3 Final Environmental Impact Statement Incomplete. Fermi 3 Interveners Reveal Major Inadequacies of Environmental Impact Statement – Concurrently the NRC Announces Major Delays in Safety Evaluation Review -- Major Setbacks Projected. Read full press release.
January 18, 2013: Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Fermi 3 was released. The public has sixty days from the release date to comment on the proposal. This FEIS will be the last opportunity to express opposition to the proposed Fermi 3 nuclear plant under the National Environmental Policy Act. The FEIS four volume set total of 2320 pages is available at http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/staff/sr2105/.
Check out the website of the international coalition to stop Fermi 3.
Citizens Show Overwhelming Support for Ojibway Shores
With over 13.5 hectares of woodlot, a marshy pond and 500 metres of natural Detroit River shoreline, Ojibway Shores is a ecological gem in an otherwise heavily developed Detroit River watershed. In its current state, Ojibway Shores acts as a wildlife linkage or corridor between the Detroit River and the interior significant sites of the Ojibway complex including Black Oak Woods, Ojibway Park, Ojibway Prairie, and Spring Garden ANSI.
Ojibway Shores is owned by the Federal Government of Canada and is administered by the Windsor Port Authority. On July 3rd at Mackenzie Hall in Windsor, the Windsor Port Authority held a public meeting to reveal its plan to destroy the property known as Ojibway Shores.
U.S. - Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
Founder Ric Coronado and David Suzuki at Ojibway Shores, 1999.
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