The rural countryside in our backyard is a diverse home to native trees and rare species; the Niagara Escarpment specifically, a pristine 450 million year old UNESCO world heritage site, is home to 40% of Ontario’s rare species and houses trees that are over 1000 years old. The land here is irreplaceable once it’s lost, and it’s threatened every day by industry and urban encroachment.
When an aggregate company recently put forth a proposal to remove another 200 acres from Mount Nemo, Sarah Harmer, who grew up with this natural landscape in her Burlington, Ontario backyard, refused to sit idly. She co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) to stop the destruction of her hometown landscapes.
Her move to act is not a lone battle; campaigns like these are being waged across the globe, many right in our own backyards. Ancient forests, wetlands and valleys are irreplaceable once they are lost, and we must act to keep them alive. Don’t wait for your Neighbour to do something about a problem. Take action now.
Sign the petition against the proposed new quarry at Mount Nemo.
If you live in Toronto, send a letter to your local Councillor to put a stop to these intrusive gravel-extraction processes and attend the Planet in Focus Film Festival screening of GreenHeroes: Sarah Harmer on Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m.
To stop these acts in your backyard, send a letter to your provincial MPP: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon.
Donate to PERL to help protect threatened species in your backyard.
Share your voice on Sarah Harmer’s profile page and in the comment section below.
Tell 10 friends that there are over 300 species of birds, 55 mammals, 36 reptiles and amphibians, 90 fish, and 100 varieties of flora in the 450 million year old Escarpment, which will lose their home if developers continue to destroy their habitats.
Share Sarah Harmer’s GreenHeroes webisode using our neat Sharelizer widget. You can post GreenHeroes.tv videos on your blog or website by simply following the directions on our site.
Become a voice for your community: Use guides from the Conservation Council of Ontario and the successful community activists of Site 41 or become a community leader with resources from the David Suzuki Foundation.
Tell your neighborhood story with help from Jane’s Walk.
Lead a community clean up or take part in the Shoreline Cleanup.
Be a steward where you live, and help restore the natural biodiversity in your backyard.
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