HERE IS A REAL WINNER !
IN CALGARY AND A NUMBER OF CANADIAN CITIES, IT IS ILLEGAL TO USE
COLLECTED RAIN WATER TO FLUSH TOILETS.
FOR SOME VERY STUPID REASON ONLY POTABLE ( DRINKABLE ) WATER IS ALLOWED.
I'VE HAD A FEW PETS THAT LIKED TO DRINK OUT OF THE TOILET
BUT I DON'T THINK THEY WOULD HAVE MINDED DRINKING RAIN WATER.
I DON'T KNOW OF ANY PEOPLE WHO DRINK OUT OF THE TOILET
SO WHY ARE WE ADDING MORE CHLORINE AND OTHER CHEMICALS TO THE WATER
SYSTEM JUST FOR FLUSHING WASTE DOWN THE TOILET
THIS IS ONE STRANGE BYLAW THAT NEEDS TO BE RE-THOUGHT.
WE HAVE ALL HEARD ABOUT ACID RAIN. WELL USING RAIN WATER MIGHT REDUCE THE AMOUNT
OF CHEMICALS WE NOW USE TO KEEP THAT TOILET CLEAN.
* The Amazon Rainforest has been described as the "Lungs of our Planet" because it provides the essential environmental world service of continuously recycling carbon dioxide into oxygen. More than 20 percent of the world oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest.
More than half of the world's estimated 10 million species of plants,
animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests.One-fifth of the
world's fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.
* One hectare (2.47 acres)
may contain over 750 types of trees and 1500 species of higher plants.
* At least 80% of the developed world's diet originated in the tropical
rainforest. Its bountiful gifts to the world include fruits like
avocados, coconuts, figs, oranges, lemons, grapefruit, bananas, guavas,
pineapples, mangos and tomatoes; vegetables including corn, potatoes,
rice, winter squash and yams; spices like black pepper, cayenne,
chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, sugar cane, tumeric, coffee and
vanilla and nuts including Brazil nuts and cashews.
* At least 3000
fruits are found in the rainforests; of these only 200 are now in use
in the Western World. The Indians of the rainforest use over 2,000.
Rainforest plants are rich in secondary metabolites, particularly
alkaloids. Biochemists believe alkaloids protect plants from disease
and insect attacks. Many alkaloids from higher plants have proven to be
of medicinal value and benefit.
* Currently, 121 prescription drugs currently sold worldwide come from
plant-derived sources. And while 25% of Western pharmaceuticals are
derived from rainforest ingredients, less than 1% of these tropical
trees and plants have been tested by scientists.
* The U.S. National
Cancer Institute has identified 3000 plants that are active against
cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest.
Twenty-five percent of the active ingredients in today's
cancer-fighting drugs come from organisms found only in the rainforest.
* Vincristine, extracted from the rainforest plant, periwinkle, is one
of the world's most powerful anticancer drugs. It has dramatically
increased the survival rate for acute childhood leukemia since its
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A PETITION LETTER STARTED BY THE "NATURE CANADA" GROUP.
A WORTHY CAUSE FOR SURE.
SIGN IT HERE
the entire Arctic ecosystem in jeopardy. For the polar bear, an irreplaceable symbol of the Arctic, climate change could
lead to their extinction.
The polar bear depends on sea ice to survive, hunting for seal until the ice disappears every summer. As climate warming
reduces the extent of the pack ice, the polar bear loses precious hunting time, and the number of polar bears declines.
I call on the Government of Canada to protect the polar bear's habitat and slow the effects of global warming in Canada's
treasured Far North.
I call on the Government of Canada to take the lead in protecting our natural heritage. We must provide international
leadership in the battle against global warming.
I call on the Government of Canada to establish strong regulations concerning access to and removal of natural
resources from within Canada's North. Oil and gas development should not come at the expense of our nation's wildlife.
I call on the Government of Canada to maintain essential habitat for all Arctic wildlife, and ensure that Canadian
communities in our North are not disrupted by climate change.
Thank you for considering my views.
PLANTING TREES IS ONE OF THE BEST WAY TO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT.
GREEN OUR PLANET IS DOING A BIG PART