The EOS Board of Directors has written an open letter to the Government of New Brunswick urging more climate action and is seeking support from other environmental organizations and members of the public who would like to sign a pledge. Responding to a recent report from the International Panel on Climate Change and New Brunswick’s commitment to emission reductions, EOS Eco-Energy (EOS) is encouraged that the Government has adopted the document, “Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan”. This plan was created by and for New Brunswickers. However, the EOS Board of Directors strongly recommends that a goal-oriented timeline accompany the plan to track progress of those targets set out for 2030.  And, in order that the plan be fully implemented, it is necessary that the Government promptly support a fair price-on-carbon program.

EOS welcomes the public and other environmental groups to pledge support for requesting the Government of New Brunswick actively pursue the implementation of its plan, “Transitioning to a Low-Carbon Economy: New Brunswick’s Climate Change Action Plan” by (1) prioritizing and creating a timeline for each action and by publicly reporting CO2 emissions reductions annually, starting with a report in 2020; and (2) by adopting a fair carbon pollution-pricing plan before 2020. Those who sign on also pledge to support a fair carbon pricing plan for New Brunswick residents, organizations, industry, and businesses.

You can download a copy of the letter and pledge form to help collect signatures at: https://eosecoenergy.com/en/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/EOS-Climate-Change-Action-Letter-April-24th-FINAL.pdf. The deadline to drop off signatures to EOS is May 31st, 2019. Please send originals to the EOS office at 131D Main St., PO Box 6001, Sackville, NB E4L 1G6 or deliver to any of the EOS board of directors.

In about a month, people in New Brunswick will be electing a new provincial government.

Council of Canadians chapter members like us have been hard at work, knocking on doors and speaking with people in our communities about the important issues facing our province.

We wanted to share this handbill, which includes important ballot box issues such as a just transition to jobs in sustainable economies, Indigenous rights, forestry and glyphosate spraying, water, health care, and shale gas. There are also some questions you can ask your candidates.

Election periods are short. In order to get these issues on the radar we need people to be informed, to be talking to each other, and asking tough questions to their local candidates.

Will you help? Can you share this handout with your friends, family members and neighbours? We’ll be producing more online tools and information as the election period carries on, so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter.

The Council of Canadians is non-partisan and won’t be supporting any specific candidates or parties. What we do want is a government that won’t undermine our most fundamental democratic rights, and will act in the best interest for the future of our communities and our global climate. This election is our collective opportunity to change the political landscape for the better.

Elections New Brunswick reported voter turnout was 64.7% in the 2014 provincial election, dropping from 69.5% in 2010. Voter turnout has been declining, and we know that it’s not about apathy, it’s about issues. Many potential voters are tuning out of electoral politics because they don’t see the issues that matter to them reflected in the political discussions. Others want to vote, but they face systemic barriers that deter, or even prevent, them from doing so. We must work together to get more people to the ballot boxes and overcome these barriers.

Our volunteer chapter members and people like you who are committed to progressive values can make a difference in the upcoming election. Learn more about the issues, talk to others and most importantly, vote on Election Day!

We can all have a say in a better future for New Brunswick.

In solidarity,

Fredericton Chapter of the Council of Canadians
1) DOWNLOAD this Quiz with 6 questions for your political candidates, to test and mark them on their knowledge of the #StopSprayingNB campaign and the issue:

QUIZ: SSNB’s Questions for Political Candidates 2018 and Quiz Marking tool
(version française ici)

2) Purchase: an Election Sign Topper ($7) for your existing SSNB sign, or buy a SIGN & Topper ($15) to place on your property so that political candidates and other voters are reminded about this campaign that is supported by a hand written petition drive with 35,000 signatories but was ignored by NB Govt.

Payment: email caroline@stopsprayingnb.ca to make payment and pick up arrangements. We have sign-selling volunteers all over NB!

For more information, check out www.stopsprayingnb.ca

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Do you know an individual or organization that has demonstrated excellence in land conservation in our province? Nominations for the 2018 Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for Excellence in Land Conservation are open until Monday, October 1, 2018.

Successful nominees will have a significant impact on land conservation in New Brunswick through leadership, direct action, and long-term involvement as well as other significant contributions. Eligible nominees may include any individuals or organizations involved in stewardship, volunteerism, donation of lands, or building effective partnerships and must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • An individual or entity who has contributed in a sustained manner over a significant period of time;
  • An individual or entity who has contributed significantly in a relatively short amount of time;
  • A donor of funds or property;
  • A volunteer, steward and/or member of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick;
  • A corporate or community partner of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick;
  • An individual who contributed significantly in the past and should be recognized posthumously.

Click here to download the nomination form!

 

For more information, visit: www.naturetrust.nb.ca/wp/blog/2018-lg-award-nominations or contact Danielle Andrus, Communications Manager, at danielle.andrus@ntnb.org or (506) 457-2398.

2018 LG
 
Every day people and environmental groups take action to protect and restore New Brunswick’s environment.  

Over this past year, who stands out in your mind? 

We invite you to nominate a group or individual deserving of one of the NBEN awards which will be presented in style at Eco-Confluence 2018. 

Send an e-mail to nben@nben.ca describing your nominee’s work.  Nominees must be members or associates of the NBEN, not including current Steering Committee members.

Nomination deadline is Friday, October 26, 2018.
 © 2018 NBEN / RENB