Climate change is the challenge of our lifetimes. Jurisdictions around the world are being urged to respond to the scope and scale of this threat with bold, ambitious action. The United Nations tells us that time is short – we now have 11 years to avoid catastrophic impacts to the world’s species and ecosystems.
While climate change is a global problem, many of the solutions are local. In Canada, up to half of the country’s emissions are under the direct or indirect control of municipal governments. As Canada’s fourth largest city and national capital, what Ottawa does matters – both for Canada’s climate performance and as an example to cities around the world.
Unfortunately, Ottawa City Hall has yet to wake up to the urgency of the climate crisis. All this can and must change over the next term of council.
There are two important opportunities over the next few months to overhaul the city’s middling approach. We need to firmly embed climate action in council’s list of overall priorities, and secure an unprecedented level of climate funding in the 2019 budget, and we need your help.
- Write your councillor to urge them to prioritize climate action in the upcoming 2019 budget and Term of Council Priorities process.
- Organize a meeting with your councillor along with others in your ward to demand climate leadership.
The time for business as usual has long since passed. It is time to build the future we need by building the city we want – for current and future generations.