Target: Canadian Government
Goal: Alleviate the funding burden on universities by restoring federal support for the Experimental Lakes Area research facilities.
The Canadian Experimental Lakes Area, a renowned federal research facility in northwestern Ontario, will no longer be receiving funding from the Canadian government. Researchers across the world have joined together to decry this drastic decision. In an open letter to Canada’s Prime Minister, some of the most respected scientists from the U.S., Canada and Britain declared that, “there is no other comparable facility in the world.”
The government’s decision rests on the belief that the ELA could be taken over and run by the universities. However, input was clearly not asked for, or not honored, as many university researchers have been very outspoken in declaring that fully supporting the ELA is not fiscally feasible for Canadian universities. There simply isn’t extra money lying around for the universities to successfully support the ELA without federal help.
Many groundbreaking experiments have been conducted at ELA over the years, including research which led to the banning of phosphorous in detergents and stopping acid rain. Ongoing experiments are currently investigating the impact of heavy metal mercury’s movement through an ecosystem and the pollution effects of elements found in many household cleaning products.
This is necessary research that has far-reaching, positive and global environmental impact. Defunding these efforts will adversely affect ecological well-being across the earth, not by contributing to more pollution, but by denying accessibility to resources of knowledge which assuage or prevent the ever-increasing pollution that characterizes our modern global environment. Funding to the ELA must be restored.
Dear Canadian Government,
Your decision to defund the Experimental Lakes Area does not bode well for the environmental health of this earth. The efforts of ELA scientists over the years have contributed extensively to the field of environmental protection policy. The $2 million per year needed to fund the program is an unnecessary burden placed upon the universities that must now provide all the funds.
The natural facilities offered by the ELA are like no other in the world. Potentially shutting these operations down sends a disturbing message to the rest of the global community: Canada is home to some of the most unique natural habitats in the world, and yet, they do not prioritize funding research to protect them?
Demonstrate to both Canadian and global citizens that the Government of Canada maintains a genuine commitment towards much-needed investigation of pollutants and other environmental issues. Restore funding to the Experimental Lakes Area immediately.
[Your Name Here]