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Title: The Future Belongs to Our Children

  • The Future Belongs to Our Children
  • Or does it?
  • People Before Profit or Profit Before People?
  • Do our corporations rights now supersede the
    right for children to breathe? 
  • Do corporate interests trump that of mitigating
    against climate change? 
  • Lastly - Why does our society as a whole continue
    to participate in the pathological self
    destruction even at the expense of our children?

Worldwide Statistics Eight thousand people a
day die from air pollution. There are 3 million
annual deaths, worldwide. In Canada toxic
emissions from transportation continue to rise
drastically. Vehicles are the primary sources of
nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulates
and benzene, a carcinogen. In the past 15 years
alone, there has been a fourfold increase in
asthma in children under 15 in Canada. In fact,
the Ontario Medical Association estimated that
health care costs caused by poor air quality in
2000 would amount to nearly 630 million, not to
mention the 566 million in costs due to workers
taking sick days. We are in a world wide public
health crisis epidemic as a direct result of air
pollution amidst a climate change crisis that
threatens human survival on this earth -
expanding services which promote unnecessary
idling for convenience is not only reckless and
irresponsible - it is the absolute opposite
direction we need to be taking.
  • Council of Canadians London Chapter
  • Clean Air For Children Campaign
  • http//
  • View petition at
  • http//

About Us
  • Founded in 1985, the Council of Canadians is
    Canadas largest citizens organization, with
    members and chapters across the country. We work
    to protect Canadian independence by promoting
    progressive policies on fair trade, clean water,
    energy security, public health care, and other
    issues of social and economic concern to
  • We develop creative campaigns to put some of the
    countrys most important issues into the
    spotlight. We work with a network of over 70
    volunteer chapters to organize speaking tours,
    days of action, conferences and demonstrations.
    We also produce research reports, create popular
    materials, and work with individuals and
    organizations across the country and around the
    world. We do all of this to ensure that
    governments know the kind of Canada we want.
  • The Council does not accept money from
    corporations or governments, and is sustained
    entirely by the volunteer energy and financial
    assistance of its members.

  • This Joint Call To Action Is Issued By The
    Following Organizations
  • Campbell River, B.C. CoC Chapter
  • Coquitlam Greendrinks British Columbia
  • Deeper Shade of Green - British Columbia
  • Fanshawe Social Justice Club
  • Frank de Jong - Leader of Green Party Ontario
  • Great Lakes United
  • London and District Labour Council
  • London Project for a Participatory Society
  • London West NDP Riding Association
  • LOVE - London Organization of Vegetarians for the
  • M E M E S - Movement of Environmental Minimalists
    Embracing Sustainability
  • Maude Barlow - Council of Canadians - National
  • New Westminster B.C. CoC Chapter
  • Peterborough - Kawarthas CoC Chapter
  • Post Carbon London
  • Regina SK CoC Chapter

  • The Council of Canadians supports the London
    Chapter in its efforts to raise concerns about
    the environmental impacts of drive-thru
    restaurants in the city. We are encouraged
    to discover that a number of municipalities
    across Canada are either studying the further
    regulation of, or actually banning drive-thrus
    due to environmental considerations.
  •   Best Wishes,
  • Maude Barlow
  • Council of Canadians - National Chairperson
  • May 21st,2008 - The Canadian Environment Awards
    today announced the short list of finalists who
    will be honoured during its annual celebration of
    environmental achievement. The program's top
    honour, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement,
    will be presented to Maude Barlow, who for 25
    years has been a fierce advocate for the rights
    of Canadians and for Canadian sovereignty on
    economic, trade and social issues that have a
    deep connection to the environment.

The climate crisis must be our pre-eminent
policy priority. It's our childrens future at
stake - not ours.
  • March 26th 2008 - A vast hunk of floating ice
    has broken away from the Antarctic Peninsula,
    threatening the collapse of a much larger ice
    shelf behind it, in a development that has
    shocked climate scientists.  Satellite images
    show that about 160 square miles of the Wilkins
    ice shelf has been lost since the end of
    February, leaving the ice interior now "hanging
    by a thread".  The collapsing shelf suggests that
    climate change could be forcing change much more
    quickly than scientists had predicted. Six other
    ice shelves have already been lost entirely the
    Prince Gustav Channel, Larsen Inlet, Larsen B,
    Wordie, Muller and Jones shelves.
  • Climate change is too vital an issue to
    sacrifice to political infighting and cowardice.
    It is the greatest challenge facing us all, and
    there will be catastrophic economic and social
    consequences if we fail to act. However thus
    far we are failing. It can be done and we know
    the enemy. But where, on our increasingly fragile
    earth, is the leadership?
  • We believe the leadership starts here and now.
    In the city of London.

  • We are now witnessing a key moment in the
    climate change crisis, and it is alarming news we
    cannot dismiss.  The last time the atmosphere was
    this choked with CO2 humans were yet to evolve as
    a species. To even consider building new
    drive-thrus at this juncture in history is an
    unpardonable recklessness, but the fast food
    industry is determined to stumble forward
    regardless with its ill-conceived plans in the
    face of the science and mounting movement of
    widespread public opposition.
  • Its time to weigh things out
  • 1-Convenience.  Corporate profits.
  • or
  • 2-Childrens lives.  Future of life as we know
    it on our planet.
  • Have you decided yet? 
  • It is unbelievable that at this point in time
    that this even warrants a discussion. 

  • May 13th 2008 - A US report was released stating
    that the world carbon dioxide levels have reached
    the highest levels ever reached over the last
    650,000 years.  Scientists say the shift could
    indicate that the Earth is losing its natural
    ability to soak up billions of tonnes of CO2 each
    year. Martin Parry, co-chair of the
    Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's
    working group on impacts, said "Despite all the
    talk, the situation is getting worse. Levels of
    greenhouse gases continue to rise in the
    atmosphere and the rate of that rise is
    accelerating. We are already seeing the impacts
    of climate change and the scale of those impacts
    will also accelerate, until we decide to do
    something about it."
  • The Stern Review showed that scientific evidence
    of global warming was "overwhelming" and its
    consequences "disastrous".  Nicholas Stern
    stated We have the time and knowledge to act
    but only if we act internationally, strongly and
  • Our part of this international action needs to
    be meaningful.  What we do as a municipality is
    absolutely symbolic to the private sector we
    must continually be on the leading edge of, with
    the most progressive of policies such as we are
    suggesting under our Clean Air for Children

Reports Released At Unprecedented Rates
  • The science is overwhelming. Reports such as
    these two, below, are being release at
    unprecedented rates.
  • New Study Released April 14th 2008 - The
    heavily polluted air of cities is destroying the
    fresh scents of flowers before they have had a
    chance to spread into the surrounding
    environment, according to a new study. The
    discovery could explain why bees and other
    pollinating insects are in decline the lack of
    scent means they cannot find the flowers, which
    provide the nectar needed for food. In turn this
    affects the plants, which are less likely to be
  • New Study Released April 15th 2008- A
    Birmingham university report has identified a
    'strong correlation' between deaths by pneumonia
    and traffic emissions.

  • These scientific imperatives are incompatible
    with the realities of politics as usual and
    business as usual. Our conventional mode of
    politics is short-term, adversarial and
    incremental, fearful of deep, quick change and
    simply incapable of managing the transition at
    the necessary speed. 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. The feasibility of rapid transitions
    is well established historically. We now need to
    think the unthinkable, because the
    sustainability emergency is now not so much a
    radical idea as simply an indispensable course of
    action if we are to return to a safe-climate
  • Climate policy is characterized by the
    habituation of low expectations and a culture of
    failure.  There is an urgent need to understand
    global warming and the tipping points for
    dangerous impacts that we have already crossed 
    as a sustainability emergency, that takes us
    beyond the politics of failure-inducing
    compromise. We are now in a race between climate
    tipping points and political tipping points.

  • 5 crucial keys to a safe-climate future
  • 1. Our goal is a safe-climate future we have
    no right to bargain away species or human lives.
  • 2. We are facing rapid warming impacts the
    danger is immediate, not just in the future.
  • 3. For a safe climate future, we must take
    action now to stop emissions and to cool the
  • 4. Plan a large-scale transition to a
    post-carbon economy and society.
  • 5. Recognize a climate and sustainability
    emergency, because we need to move at a pace far
    beyond business and politics as usual.
  • http//

A Common Goal of Survival
  • Our planet is headed towards complete Armageddon
    much faster than scientists previously
    predicted.  Glaciers are melting.  Ice shelves
    are breaking off.  Natural disasters are
    happening at unprecedented rates.  Deaths from
    pollution are skyrocketing.  What does it even
    say about our human race, our society as a whole
    that we even need to continue in such
    discussion?  There should be no debate.  At this
    point we should all be working together in
    absolute unity toward a common goal.  A common
    goal of survival.  A common goal of protecting
    our children at all costs. If we are to survive
    as a species we must reduce our emissions by
    80 by 2050. The bottom line is that this means
    a bold and comprehensive shift in our energy
    priorities starting now. Cutting or emissions by
    80 over the next 40 years will not be easy. It
    is the greatest challenge we have ever faced. The
    industry needs to be cutting emissions by 2 per
    year to reach this target. Not increasing
    emissions. Not defending emissions.
  • This is nothing less than the responsibility of
    every person and industry on this planet and
    multinational corporations are not exempt.
    Climate change leaves no room for apathy,
    laziness, selfishness or greed. 

  • What have we created?  Before 1970 there were
    no drive-thrus.  Today we make excuse after
    excuse why it is our right to use drive-thrus
    in light of the fact that drive-thrus contribute
    to children dying, asthma rates soaring (fourfold
    over the last fifteen years) and our earths
    losing ability to take on any more abuse caused
    by our C02 emissions.
  • In Ontario, the number of "smog days" nearly
    quadrupled from 15 in 1995 to 53 in 2005. If
    nothing is done to clean the air, medical experts
    estimate that by 2026 the number of smog-related
    premature deaths in Ontario alone will hit 10,000
    annually. The combined health care and lost
    productivity costs are expected to exceed 1
    billion. Pollution is a particularly serious
    issue for London, Ontario, the city with the
    province's second highest number of smog days
    after Toronto.  London has had 3 smog days
    already this year - all before the month of May.

  • We have reached a pivotal point.  This is now a
    matter of life or death.  The statistics
    regarding childrens health are staggering.  We
    now know we have perhaps well reached the tipping
    point in regards to climate change we can no
    longer bend and sacrifice to appease corporate
    interests at the expense of our children.  To do
    so would be nothing less than a crime against
    future generations.
  • This is where we start to re-design the way we
    think and live.  This is where we take back our
    cities.  This is where we take back control of
    our lives.  This is where we start.

The Role of Cities
  • The battle against climate change will be won or
    lost in cities. The role of provincial and
    federal governments is, of course, widely
    debated, analyzed and understood. Yet the
    challenge is so huge that cross-cutting action at
    all levels will be needed. The central role of
    city leaders in our rapidly urbanizing world will
    be key to reducing the worlds greenhouse gas
    emissions. The leaders of large cities have a
    particular responsibility to act, and governments
    must empower and enable city governments to take
    on this role.
  • If global efforts to address climate change are
    to be successful, they will need to integrate
    city requirements and environmental management
    capacities. Only with a coordinated approach and
    actions at the global, regional, national and
    local levels can success be achieved. Many cities
    are now taking the initiative to reduce their
    impact on the global climate.
  • By 2030, two-thirds of humanity will live in
    cities or urban areas. Half already do. Even now,
    cities consume 75 per cent of the worlds energy
    and are responsible for 80 per cent of carbon
    dioxide emissions. Moreover, all cities are
    highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate
    change, and none more so than fast growing cities
    in developing countries. About 20 of the 30
    largest cities of the world are situated on low
    lying coasts. Rising sea levels of a few metres
    would have catastrophic implications. So theres
    an extraordinary responsibility and motivation
    for cities to act. It is at city level that
    innovation and progress on climate change action
    is most likely to be achieved.

  • Mayors and their municipalities have the powers
    and levers to reduce carbon emissions. They
    control the development of land, have housing
    powers, regulate transport and often manage
    public transport systems. They have varying
    degrees of responsibility for the collection and
    processing of waste and have responsibility for
    other environmental infrastructure such as energy
    and water. They own and manage buildings and
    vehicle fleets. Significantly, they have huge
    purchasing power. They are able to form
    partnerships with private interests as well as
    mobilizing and coordinating community action.
  • http//
    (go to this link click view interview Nicky
    Gavron - Energy Week The Covenant of Mayors

Although leadership from provincial and federal
governments is crucial in negotiating
international agreements, setting frameworks and
standards and for providing fiscal and financial
incentives, when it comes to practical action on
the ground, city leadership must take centre
stage.  Mayors and elected officials have
responsibilities in areas key to taking swift
action to reduce emissions, and can show
leadership in taking decisive and radical action.
It is at city level that innovation and progress
on pollution and thus climate change is most
likely to be achieved.

A Call for an Immediate Moratorium on New
  • Although our 'Clean Air for Children' campaign
    is a three part initiative (with more to come in
    the near future) the call for a moratorium
    continues to be the most controversial part of
    the campaign. 
  • With 150 drive-thrus currently in existence in
    London alone one would not think this would be
    an issue.
  • However the industry has united a forefront to
    fight such a moratorium. The industry continues
    to choose corporate profits over childrens lives
    and the future of our planet as we know it.

Drive-thru Proliferation
  • It would be wonderful if multinational
    corporations would place our children, even
    people in general, before their profits.  However
    this is not about to happen.  Corporations are
    legally bound to show profits to their
    shareholders first and foremost.  This is at any
    cost.  There are no boundaries.  There are no
    ethical or moral considerations.  The costs of
    doing drive-thru business are almost completely
    externalized.  If one had to pay the true cost of
    a cup of a coffee at a drive-thru window one
    can only imagine the exorbitant price.  However
    we do pay. We pay with the continued detriment to
    our planet, we pay the ever escalating costs to a
    healthcare system in crisis, and ultimately, we
    are paying with that of our childrens lives.  If
    one can understand corporate greed then one can
    you begin to understand why drive-thrus are so
    enticing to fast food chains with plans to expand
    and double their drive-thrus over the next five
    years. This is the exact opposite direction of
    where we as a society should be going. Sixty
    percent of the 129 billion dollar per year
    industry takes place at the drive-thru window. 
    China has now introduced drive-thrus.  It is
    considered a status symbol to sit in a vehicle
    and idle in a drive-thru in China where emissions
    have begun to absolutely soar.  Plans to expand
    drive-thrus in China and throughout Asia have
    only just begun.

  • From the TDL Group (Tim Hortons) Tim Horton's
    is Licensed by TDL Group Ltd which is owned by
    Wendy's International which a U.S. company.
  • The RWDI study would have us believe that
    customers are being more environmental by sitting
    in a drive-thru and idling than they are to park
    and walk in. In this study its conclusion states
    Overall, the findings for Tim Hortons stores
    examined in this study indicate no air quality
    benefit to the public by eliminating
    drive-thrus.  The report states that the Tim
    Horton locations without drive-thrus produce more
    emissions than the stores with drive-thrus.
  • How can this be?
  • The report claims that the clients who are
    parking and walking in are on site for an
    average 7-8 minutes.  In the most bizarre twist
    it is stated that most of the additional time was
    a result of vehicles idling while waiting for a
    parking space because the lot was congested.
  • From the study The emission inventory for the
    drive-thru portion of the facility was compared
    to everyday emission sources (i.e. lawn mowers,
    snow blowers etc.) 
  • Now just an fyi if you didnt know this
    already push lawn mowers produce approx. 11
    times the emissions than that of a car riding
    lawn mowers produce approx. 34 times the
    emissions than that of a car. (Source- EPA) Also
    - according to the U.S. Environmental Protection
    Agency, the typical two-cycle snow blower can
    expel nearly a pound of carbon monoxide for every
    hour it runs. One wonders who considers lawn
    mowers, snow blowers (and incidentally leaf
    blowers see below) to everyday emission
  • They compare combined emissions of all vehicles
    using a drive-thru in one peak hour (137 vehicles
    times idling 3 to 4.5 minutes each) to that of a
    single chain saw operating for one hour.  Just
    another fyi the U.S. Environmental Protection
    Agency estimates that operating a chainsaw for
    one hour produces the same amount of exhaust
    emissions as driving an automobile for 1,000

  • We find the RWDI report selective,
    manipulative and in some respects merely makes
    the case for why drive thrus generate a greater
    burden upon climate change and air quality, even
    though the reports conclusions suggest
  • The focus seems to be on the morning peak rush
    hour, using a Tim Hortons restaurant on Bank
    Street in Ottawa as the control example of
    emissions from a non drive-thru facility. The
    report concludes that drive-thru emissions are
    lower relative to the non drive-thru restaurant.
    Yes this is true, but only for the one hour that
    the study focuses upon. The report states quite
    clearly that in a restaurant where there is ample
    parking the GHG emissions are less than 1/3 for
    someone parking their vehicle compared to using
    the drive thru. By extension one has to ask the
    question what would be the emissions profile
    during non-peak hours, and what would be the
    emissions profile at a restaurant that had ample
    parking. Their individual vehicle statistic
    suggests that the overall emission profile (over
    the entire day) will be higher from restaurants
    that have drive-thrus compared to 1. a drive-thru
    restaurant with ample parking 2. possibly a
    restaurant without a drive-thru with limited
  • If you accept their logic that drive-thrus
    generate less GHGs during the peak morning rush
    hour than a congested sit-down only restaurant as
    justification for drive-thrus, at best that would
    be a justification for operating the drive thru
    window during the morning rush hour ONLY at
    restaurants that have limited parking. At
    restaurants where there is ample parking, the
    stats clearly demonstrate that drive-thrus are a
    contributor of greater GHGs… by extension, Tim
    Hortons should be closing down all of their
    drive thru windows where this situation exits.
  • You cant have it both ways.

  • It is interesting to note that in a CBC
    investigation produced on May 28th, 2007,
    journalists documented 113 cars going thru the
    drive-thru in one hour in a Winnipeg Tim Hortons
    drive-thru.  The average drive-thru wait per
    vehicle was 5 min. 15 sec. Natural Resources
    Canada estimates these cars produced 290 grams of
    CO2 each which means that in one hour, this one
    drive-thru generated 35 KG (77 pounds) of carbon
    dioxide. The senior vice-president of Tim
    Hortons is interviewed on the investigation and
    he states We prefer education as does others in
    the industry verses punitive measures be it a
    bylaw or fines.  
  • http//
  • For a consulting firm with sustainable design
    listed as a service one would think that they
    could develop a suitable parking lot for Tim
    Hortons customers so they would no longer have
    to be on their site for 7-8 minutes spending the
    majority of this time driving while looking a
    space to park (according to their report).  This
    is clearly a planning issue and should be
    recognized as such.  Further stress on our
    children and our earth itself should not be
    tolerated only because Tim Hortons chooses to
    focus on profitable drive-thru service rather
    than adequate parking.

  • From the University of Calgary
  • Estimated statistics (May 2007) from the
    University of Calgary found Edmonton drive-thrus
    contribute an estimated 25 tons of greenhouse gas
    emissions into the atmosphere per day. (Enough to
    fill over 12 NHL hockey rinks per day) Over a
    year, this could represent up to 9,000 tons.
    Using a total of 115 cities with same population
    and the same amount of drive-thrus, this could
    generate a total of I MILLION TONS in a year, and
    this is just for larger cities in Canada.
  • Now How many trees to do we need to plant in
    order to offset 1 million tons of carbon in one
    year?  277 million trees.  Even if this was
    possible should we not be planting trees to
    offset something we actually need to live? 
    Perhaps heat that we need to survive in the
    winter months?  Is the industry going to plant
    these trees annually?  We dont think so. 
  • Does your head hurt yet?  Is anyone enraged
    yet?  Do we need a reality check?  

  • Perhaps in addition to industry gifting our
    children with happy meals and summer camp,
    perhaps fast food chains can start supplying
    puffers to children with Asthma.
  • When our children and grandchildren someday,
    (coming soon) ask us why we did not immediately
    cease all unnecessary forms of C02 emissions to
    mitigate against climate change when we knew
    full well the consequences - what are we going to
    say?  Im sorry sweetheart society really
    couldnt give up the luxury of the drive-thru
    that was just too much to ask.  Im sorry we
    destroyed your chances for a future on the
    planet, but it was just more sacrifice than one
    could be expected to endure.
  • What a legacy.
  • Our eco footprint is more than four times larger
    than what is sustainable.  We still want more? 
    If there is to be a future on this planet - we
    need to re-design our lives to live using 80
    less.  We dont have to sacrifice our quality of
    life to combat climate change, however, we do
    need to change the way we live.  And simple, is
    more often than not, beautiful.

  • The industry states local jobs will be lost.  Is
    this a viable argument?  Red Roaster seems to be
    doing well in London.  There are cafes and
    restaurants across Canada with no drive-thrus -
    all doing well.  Speaking of fast food industry
    employment - health for most minimum wage fast
    food employees working a drive-thru window does
    not seem to be a very high priority.  Does anyone
    recall second hand smoke?  Lets consider first
    hand vehicle exhaust.  With no paid health
    benefits for the majority of employees in the
    fast food industry their health seems completely
    irrelevant and disregarded. Please note the
    industry is now testing and are already
    implementing outsourcing your drive-thru order. 
    The next time you press an intercom at a
    drive-thru you may be speaking to someone in
    India.  Hmmm. What happened to keeping the jobs
    local?  Fast food multinationals who make
    billions in profits continue to pay their hard
    working employees anything more than poverty
    wages.  And even this is considered too high. 
    Why pay minimum wage in North America when you
    can exploit someone in India? 
  • The London and District Labour Council has
    endorsed our campaign including the moratorium on

The Future of Fast Food
  • Is it possible that a progressive marketing
    strategy from a fast food chain will be
    announced?  Is there any retailer with a
    drive-thru that will step up to the plate and
    close their drive-thru?  Perhaps replace the
    drive-thrus with trees and a lush garden that
    would serve as an outdoor café.  Is any
    establishment with a drive-thru willing to
    demonstrate to the world that the health of our
    children and the future existence of life on our
    planet supersedes drive-thru profits?  Is it
    possible a marketing strategy could embrace a
    concept recognizing the fact that people would be
    most loyal to a retailer whose priorities were
    the clients themselves?  We are quickly
    approaching the end of the cheap fossil fuel
    era.  Is this not completely irresponsible to
    waste diminishing fossil fuels in this manner? 
    Drive-thrus are not sustainable and eventually
    they will go - whether we want them or not. The
    first retailer that recognizes this simple fact
    is the retailer who will take the lead in the
    industry by creating the positive change
    necessary by way of a new model.  A new model and
    a new way of thinking will be required for any
    kind of long term future in the fast food
    industry. Imagine if you were mobility impaired,
    and you parked at a designated space at a
    restaurant formerly enslaved by a drive-thru. 
    You would speak into an intercom. Out would come
    a real live person with your order (perhaps even
    some day with real live food). I think I remember
    something like this happened in the not so
    distant past.  It was called a drive-in.  The
    competitor to re-introduce the drive-in, with
    real or at minimum, biodegradable dishes and
    cutlery, serving fair trade, organic food all
    powered by renewable, green energy the first
    one smart enough and fast enough to do this -
    will win.
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Health Impacts on our Children
  • Children are the most vulnerable in our
    society. Children also breathe 50 percent more
    air per pound than adults. 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.  Just as all children must have the right
    to clean drinking water, all children must have
    the right to breathe clean air.
  • At a press conference to launch UNICEFs new
    publication, Climate Change and Children, she
    said climate change was often viewed in terms of
    its dramatic, obvious manifestations, such as the
    increase in the number of natural disasters and
    extremes in temperature.  But the overlooked
    quiet impact often hit children even harder, as
    with the effects of desertification, water
    scarcity and the abandonment of land that could
    no longer sustain families.  That led to children
    missing school because they had to long walk
    distances in search of water or shivering from
    malaria in the cold.
  • As usual, she said, poor people paid the highest
    price because they lived in the areas most at
    risk from climate change, and among the poor,
    children suffered the most, paying with their
    health, their development and often with their
    lives.  So climate change is not just an
    environmental issue.  It is an economic, social
    and human issue, she emphasized.  Each year more
    than 3 million children under the age of five
    died from environmentally linked diseases,
    including diarrhoeal ailments linked to water
    accessibility, respiratory illnesses and malaria,
    which thrived on heat and humidity to kill a
    million people each year, 80 per cent of whom
    were children.
  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimated
    that the number of children dying from asthma
    each year could increase by 20 per cent by 2016
    if urgent action was not taken to reduce
    emissions from vehicles and factories.
  • The UNICEF delegations message to Government
    leaders in Bali was that actions taken to protect
    the environment would directly impact on the
    rights of children.

  • Idling Kills
  • There are now more refugees displaced by climate
    change environmental disasters than there are
    refugees displaced by war.  People with families
    just like us.  It is sad to know that the
    people who did little to  contribute to climate
    change are the very ones suffering the most.  The
    poor choices we continue to make are killing
    other people.  Other species.  Each and every
    minute.  Are we so entitled that we cannot see
    beyond our own wants?  Not even when it comes to
    the health of our own children?  Does this not go
    directly against the most natural instinct in
    every woman and man?  The natural instinct to
    protect your child at any and every sacrifice? 
    The damage to our childrens lungs goes largely
    unnoticed.  We dont see our childrens lungs
    each morning at the breakfast table.  Toronto's
    medical officer has released a report stating a
    30 reduction in vehicle emissions could save 200
    lives, one billion dollars a year in health care
    costs and 68,000 asthma attacks for children a
    year.  If we had 68,000 children dying a year
    from leukemia it would be nothing less than
    that of a crisis.  One must wonder why there is
    such apathy towards these numbers when pollution
    is something we can clearly defeat.  The selfish
    excuse to use drive-thrus because you have
    children is the poorest excuse when it is
    ultimately our childrens lives, by way of their
    health and their future that we are destroying. 
    If we love our children surely we can do
    something as simple as stop idling wherever
    possible. Whether it is at a railway tracks,
    waiting at the school or at a drive-thru the
    end result is the same.  Idling kills.
  • Natural Resources Canada clearly states If your
    car is stopped for more than ten seconds turn
    off your engine.

The well being of our citizens is the City of
Londons mandate.  Quote Vision London
London, The Forest City We are a caring,
responsive community committed to the health and
well-being of all Londoners.  The actions we take
will be socially, environmentally, and fiscally
responsible so that out quality of life is
enhanced and sustained for future generations. 
Our people, heritage, diverse economy, strategic
location, land and recourses are our strength. 
Based on this vision in conjunction with the
Stern Report, the city of London must, with
urgency, impose a moratorium on all new
commercial drive-through operations and establish
a timetable to phase out all existing
drive-through operations through zoning or other
by-laws. Ultimately the decision of a
moratorium on drive-thrus lies with us.  It lies
with you. Its that simple.  We can continue to
support them or we can choose to unite and send
a clear message that corporate profits and
convenience will no longer be tolerated by our
society at the expense of our childrens health
and our childrens future in a world we have so
quickly destroyed.  This is your choice. The
choice is clear. This is your legacy.

Social Aspects - Community
  • So do we choose to protect and keep non
    essential items such as drive-thrus or do we
    choose to re-design our planet in which future
    generation can live?  The benefits are immense
    environmental health, physical health.  People
    stepping out of their cars symbolize people
    re-engaging in community. Such a culture shift is
    a step to encourage people to slow down, walk or
    bike, and to ride mass transit.  Slowing down is
    necessary in this fast-paced culture. We must
    organize and embrace a resistance to the momentum
    of running.  If we learn how to slow down and
    nourish ourselves, we can pay more attention to
    living sustainably and mindfully in our
    communities.  Many of todays problems are rooted
    in efficiency and convenience we zoom from place
    to place without slowing down to enjoy the simple
    joys around us. Sustainable yet slower modes of
    transportation like walking and biking, getting
    us out of our cars and help us to do that. This
    gives us the clarity and mindfulness to recognize
    things as they are. When you are mindful, you
    recognize what is going on, what is happening in
    the here and now.  Without mindfulness we make
    and spend our money in ways that destroys us and
    other people. We use our wealth in such a way
    that we destroy ourselves and other people.

  • The Bottom Line
  • There is one basic issue here.  That is the
    basic reality that drive thrus are wrong. 
    Simple.  End of discussion. The main issue is
    that there are going to be many more issues that
    will have to be tackled issues that are not
    nearly as clear cut and simple.  So drive thrus
    have to go. If we cannot sacrifice a convenience
    such as drive-thrus in order to secure the
    possibility of life on this planet for our
    children then how can we ever hope to make the
    hard choices, the hard decisions that we will
    have to make in order to save our species. We do
    not need the industrys science.  Because we
    share an environment, that does not mean we have
    to share the industrys obtuse ideas on economics
    and environment. 

  • In the course of history, there comes a time
    when humanity is called to shift to a new level
    of consciousness, to reach a higher moral
    ground.   A time when we have to shed our fear
    and give hope to each other. --- That time is
    now.   -Dr. Wangari Maathai, Kenya's "Green
    Militant" and winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 2004

  • Change begets Change…
  • If we are strong enough, brave enough to do what
    is right we will set an example for other cities.
    If enough other cities each care enough, each one
    influencing yet another in a chain reaction of
    behavioral change, markets for all manner of
    green products and alternative technologies will
    prosper and expand. Consciousness will be raised,
    perhaps even changed new moral imperatives and
    new taboos might take root in the culture.
    Driving an S.U.V. or eating a 24-ounce steak or
    illuminating your McMansion like an airport
    runway at night might come to be regarded as
    outrages to human conscience. Not having things
    might become cooler than having them. And those
    who did change the way they live would acquire
    the moral standing to demand changes in behavior
    from others - from other people, other
    corporations, even other countries.

  • The Great Law of the Iroquois states, In our
    every deliberation, we must consider the impact
    of our decisions on the next seven generations.
  • We believe that the time has come to embrace
    such sound advice.

  • On behalf of our children, your children and
    children all over our small planet - thank you
    for your time and consideration.
  • Council of Canadians London Chapter
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