Tonight – Drive-thru Public Participation Meeting
The issue of drive-thrus will be dealt with by planning committee on Monday, May 26. There will be an opportunity for public input at 7 p.m. Just go to the public gallery on the 3rd floor of city hall. You can get on the speakers list or just listen, it’s up to you. The city asks that everyone limit their presentations to 5 minutes given the number of people who would like to speak. This ensures everyone is able to give their name and a summary of their opinion.
But do try to be there. To read the report (it’s a long one, over 300 pages) go to http://council.london.ca/Planning%20Committee%20Agendas/2008-05-26%20Agenda/1Item%2018.pdf
If you cannot come – however – you would like to add your voice to support a moratorium on drive-thrus – please send a statement of your support to Lorelei Fisher – Committee Secretary
It Is Our Children’s Future at Stake – Not Ours
Tonight we have an opportunity to be the first city in Canada to impose a moratorium on new drive-thrus. We have an opportunity to send a message from our city to our country and the world that our children’s health and climate change are top priorities – and our actions reflect this. A moratorium on new drive-thrus symbolizes our true commitment to tackling these issues. Tonight we have the opportunity to put London on the map in Canada and the world thus inspiring other cities to follow our lead. Cities and countries throughout the world have now recognized the extensive detrimental impact of plastic bags to our environment, life and ecosystems. Recognizing after 30 years that plastic bags were a bad idea – cities and countries are now doing what is right and eliminating them. The drive-thru is no different – other than the fact we do not see the damage close up in a literal sense. We measure the damage in emissions, illnesses and deaths. Far away – one can witness the glaciers melting faster than scientists previously thought possible and ice shelves breaking off. For the first time in history – there are more environmental refugees than refugees displaced by war. This month – we reached the highest C02 emissions that our planet has ever witnesses in 650 000 years. London currently has approx. 150 drive-thrus. Surely we do not need more with almost smog days quadrupling since 1995 and asthma becoming a local, provincial, nation & global epidemic. We now have almost two months of smog days per year in London. We live in a smog belt. Three million people a year are dying from air pollution. That is eight thousand people per day. Drive-thrus contribute to this. Interesting enough – coinciding with a car culture that includes 60% of the 129 billion dollar fast food industry being conducted at the drive-thru window – asthma has increased four fold over the last twenty years. Drive-thrus are a luxury – not a necessity. If we cannot say yes to a moratorium – for the sake of our children’s health and future on our planet – then how can we ever hope to tackle the big issues? We must reduce our emissions annually by 2-3% to reach the target of 80% less emissions by 2050 which is imperative to future survival on this planet. Opening new drive-thrus is heading in the absolute opposite direction we need to be taking as a global society. Profits before children or children before profits? Convenience before children or children before convenience? The climate crisis will not respond to incremental modification of the business-as-usual model. There is an urgent need to re-conceive the issue we face as a sustainability emergency, that takes us beyond the politics of failure-inducing compromise. We need to recognize a climate and sustainability emergency, because we need to move at a pace far beyond business and politics as usual. We can start tonight by imposing a moratorium on drive-thrus. Children are the most vulnerable in our society. It is the responsibility of every adult citizen on our global planet to take every precaution to protect our children and mitigate against climate change. Corporations are not exempt. Just as all children must have the right to clean drinking water, all children must have the right to breathe clean air and a secure future on our planet.” Let’s kick the habit. Let us be hero’s to our children and stop using drive-thrus.
– Council of Canadians | London Chapter
If you have not signed the petitions please do so at:
Ban Drive-thrus in Canada:
Clean Air for Children Petition:
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