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Toronto councillors set to propose ban on shark fin

A pair of Toronto city councillors will propose a city-wide ban of the possession, sale and consumption of shark fin at a press conference on Monday.

Councillors Glenn De Baeremaeker and Kristyn Wong-Tam are aiming to gather support from Toronto residents with a campaign called "Celebrate Sharks Summer Tour." The campaign intends to create a petition with 10,000 signatures.

The councillors will be joined by Rob Steward, the award-winning documentary filmmaker of "Sharkwater," and Rob Sinclair, the executive director of WildAid Canada.

Climate

As a result of rapid economic development, 16 of the world’s 20 most polluted cities are now in China. A recent study by China’s Center for Disease Prevention and Control reported that more than 17 provinces in China show heavy air pollution that negatively impacts over 600 million people. Pollution from transportation, city-generated waste, food production, and energy production and usage are elevating China’s exposure to catastrophic habitat destruction, natural resource exhaustion and climate change. 

Though residents in cities such as Beijing are in accord that climate change is a problem, roughly 1 in 3 people still feel that tackling climate change is not their responsibility. A 2013 survey showed that less than 13% of residents were able to name five simple and effective things they could do to help protect the environment. 

With the rise of China’s middle class, younger generations hold the key to China’s climate change future.

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