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What is the harm in the aggregate industry? The Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA) campaign Dig Conservation, Not Holes uncovered a huge surprise going on in our own backyard. In order to build our roads and cities, our precious Ontario countryside is gouged for rock and materials.

This aggregate is mined from the earth by digging out massive pits or blasting out of quarries. In order to get the job done, these lands are cleared of vegetation, top-soil, and subsoil, leading to mass losses of wildlife and biodiversity.

These are the same lands that Sarah Harmer is fighting to protect. Communities like hers suffer from displaced water resources and landscape changes, and health issues related to noise, dust and exhaust.

There’s a growing need for us to speak up about our own backyards to put a stop to the destruction of local biodiversity. Learn how to take action with us against further digging of our backyards by visiting our In My Backyard campaign page.

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