The National Farmers Union NB, in collaboration with the Agriculture Alliance of NB and Really Local Harvest are urgently requesting sign-ons for an open letter in support of protecting farmland and private land. The letter calls on Premier Higgs to consult with the agricultural industry and general public about proposed amendments to the Mining Act. They hope to deliver the letter to MLAs throughout the province next week. The text of the letter is below:

OPEN LETTER: Protect farmland and private land from Bill-75

To: Premier Blaine Higgs
CC: MLA’s

We, the undersigned are very concerned by Bill-75, which includes an amendment
to the Mining Act that would give prospectors leave to go on private or farm land
without permission.

The amendment has serious implications to farmers, private woodlot owners, and
private landowners, as it negates the requirement for permission to enter private
property, if a prospector is using hand tools or taking samples equivalent to 2
kilograms or 2 litres. A prospector simply driving in fields, let alone tampering with
soil and plants, can do significant damage to the crops and livelihoods of farmers.
Mining companies have often claimed they have little interest in mineral claims on
cultivated land due to fertilizer and pesticide use, but New Brunswick farmers
indicate that this is not true and regularly have stakes or prospectors on their land,
particularly in Charlotte County. Farmers have also raised concerns over the safety
of prospectors themselves who are often unaware of agricultural practices and may
be endangering themselves by coming into contact with pesticides, herbicides, or
livestock.

As no consultation occurred with the agricultural or forestry industries, or the
general public prior to the 1st reading, 2nd reading, or Committee debate of this Bill,
we believe there has been a clear lack of due process.

The Department of Energy and Resource Development has failed to communicate
the implications of Bill-75, and we, the undersigned are dismayed by the absence of
consultation and the repercussions for farmers and private landowners. We demand
that the Mining Act protect the rights of private landowners and farmers, and
consultations now take place with the public and industries concerned.

Sincerely,

[signatures]


View a PDF of the letter HERE.

If your organization would like to add its name to the above letter, please email Suzanne Fournier at nfu.nb.office@gmail.com with the name of your organization and its representative. Deadline for signatures is March 9th.

 

The New Brunswick Lung Association is looking for citizen scientists to join an ongoing air quality project. Participants will be asked to install a small air quality monitor on the outside of their homes and will need an outdoor outlet and a strong WiFi connection. There will be several short surveys sent to our citizen scientists to help collect data, especially during the wildfire season. We are looking for people in the following areas: North-Western NB (Zone 4), the Boiestown/Doaktown area, and along the Maine/NB border in Zone 3. Contact alyse.wilton@nb.lung.ca for more information.

Tell your elected government officials in Canada and the United States to protect North Atlantic right whales.

We've teamed up with our partners at IFAW, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Canadian Whale Institute, Sierra Club Foundation Canada, and Oceans North to make a difference. We need your help to let our leaders know more needs to be done to ensure that critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are on the path to recovery.

Canadians add your voice here.

GLOBAL—As the world looks to Glasgow and COP26, new campaign group Bank.Green is seizing the moment with its “Swap for COP” campaign, encouraging bank customers to move their money away from banks that continue to finance fossil fuels on Nov. 15. 

The buildup to COP26 has seen the financing of fossil fuels by private-sector banks emerge as a key focus. Bank.Green’s mission is to accelerate awareness of this climate-destroying activity amongst bank account holders around the world. 

Running alongside the summit from Oct. 31 – Nov. 15, Swap for COP asserts that moving one’s money out of fossil banks is not only one of the simplest, but also one of the most impactful things that an individual can do to help mitigate the climate crisis. The goal of the campaign is to generate a swell of account closures on Nov. 15, sending a clear message to the banking industry to get out of fossil fuels. 

Bank.Green’s online bank-switching tool at https://bank.green/ streamlines the switching process for bank customers. Visitors can quickly and easily discover their bank’s climate record, find out how to challenge their own banks directly, explore sustainable alternatives, and be guided through the bank-switching process via resources and email reminders..

Since the Paris Agreement, the world’s 60 largest private-sector banks have poured $3.8 trillion into fossil fuel projects. As recently affirmed by the International Energy Agency, any further fossil fuel extraction is entirely incompatible with keeping global temperature rise under 1.5ºC and avoiding runaway climate chaos, yet most bank customers are not aware of their bank’s contribution to this. Eighty percent of Barclays and HSBC UK customers, for example, were unaware that their banks finance fossil fuel extraction, for example. 

“The net-zero pledges of major banks are in total opposition to their conduct,” says Zak Gottlieb, director and cofounder of Bank.Green “At a time when people are starting to make serious lifestyle changes to fight climate change, we believe that if more of them knew their own money was being used against their interests, there would be an exodus from fossil banks.”     

To coincide with COP26, Bank.Green’s Swap for COP will run Oct. 31 – Nov. 15 2021. Throughout which the campaign group will encourage and enable as many retail bank customers as possible to move their money to a sustainable bank by Nov. 15.

About Bank.Green:

Launched in April 2021, Bank.Green is a not-for-profit group of volunteers who are educating the public on the environmental destruction financed by the banking industry, while fostering an empowered community to take action. 

SSNB's Media Event (report card to elected political parties in the 60th Legislature) will be rescheduled until late August/Early September (Before the Committee on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability reconvenes).

MEDIA ADVISORY


Stop Spraying New Brunswick Inc. (SSNB) to hold an ON-LINE media conference

Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 1 p.m.

LOCATION: Petitcodiac Community Hub - The Vault, Petitcodiac, 31 Main Street . The media conference will be broadcast live on SSNB’s public Facebook group and we plan to send out a Zoom invite link for media to join on Thursday morning.

Speakers:
  • Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy, Chair, SSNB
  • Donald Bowser, Vice-Chair, SSNB
  • Joël MacIntosh, Director, SSNB
  • Kimberly Copp, Director, SSNB

At the media conference, SSNB will issue a report card for the performance of the four political parties that were elected to the 60th NB Legislature in 2020, in response to a petition with 35,000 hand-written signatures to ban herbicide spraying on public land (crown forests, NB Power right of ways). SSNB will also report on progress of the SSNB pledge campaign, during which political candidates are asked to sign a pledge form to #StopSprayingNB. 




Media will be invited to ask questions following presentations from the speakers.

Contact persons: Kimberly Copp, Director cell (506)874-2226 or Dr. Caroline Lubbe-D’Arcy, Chair,SSNB 
(cell) (506) 292-7503

email: stopsprayinginnewbrunswick@gmail.com



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