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e-1058 (Protection of the environment)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Ray Kowalchuk from Toronto, Ontario, on June 27, 2017, at 1:55 p.m. (EDT)
keywords
Climate change and global warming
Environmental protection
Meat and livestock industry
Web sites
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Whereas:
  • The climatechange.gc.ca website lists the "Top 10 Things You Can Do To Help" but fails to acknowledge food choice as a critical contributor to each Canadian's environmental footprint;
  • Eliminating most or all animal products from one's diet cannot be ignored by Canadians eager to optimize their personal carbon and water footprint;
  • Agriculture is identified among the "Causes of Climate Change" on the website. As it is a significant part of the climate change crisis it should be part of Canada's solution;
  • The climatechange.gc.ca website recognizes that reducing short-term forcers like methane "will quite quickly lead to reduced atmospheric levels of such substances"; and
  • The Dieticians of Canada have declared a fully plant-based diet not only safe but among the most healthful; therefore, animal agriculture is an emissions sector that, unlike most sectors featuring fossil fuel pollution, can be eliminated entirely from a Canadian's footprint;
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada, call upon the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to add to the climatechange.gc.ca webpage "Top 10 Things You Can Do To Help":
1. Choose truly sustainable, plant-based food.
Your carbon and water footprint is closely tied to the food you eat. When you consume animal products you are responsible for not only the resources for their husbandry, slaughter, packaging and transport, but the growing and transport of the food that they consumed. Grain-fed cows are the most resource intensive while grass-fed ones create the most greenhouse gases. On a global scale, deforestation for rangeland and feed crops contribute to the crisis, while reforestation draws carbon out of the atmosphere.
Beaches—East York
Liberal
Ontario
Petition presented to the House of Commons on December 4, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01936)
Government response tabled on January 29, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-39)
Open for signature : June 27, 2017, at 1:55 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : October 25, 2017, at 1:55 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
31
British Columbia
69
Manitoba
12
New Brunswick
11
Newfoundland and Labrador
18
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
21
Ontario
264
Prince Edward Island
10
Quebec
180
Saskatchewan
12
Other Countries
3
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