Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Know Your Rights

Few Edmontonians know that they have the right to petition to make the public spaces adjacent to their property herbicide-free. Currently, 21 communities in Edmonton have taken advantage of the City’s petition program to eliminate spraying in their parks. How about yours?

If you would like to lead this initiative in your community, the first step is to fill out the City’s petition application form (which also requires you to contact the program co-coordinator.) You can also take a look at a copy of the petition form itself. People who have already petitioned their local parks say that it is a simple process. You only need one signature per household and most people are happy to sign the petition.

Another option is to take advantage of the Medical Alert Pesticide Program (MAPP) or the Herbicide Exemption Request Program (HERP) which allow you to request spray-free buffer zones around your property. For more information, check out the City’s website.

Become informed and take action today!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Does the gulf oil spill make you think twice about your grass?

Many North Americans are contemplating their dependence on oil while following the news on the latest oil spill disaster. What many people do not know is that virtually all synthetic pesticides are derived from petroleum. Choosing not to spray your lawn this summer will help you reduce your oil consumption. That’s another good reason to be pesticide free!