Making Ottawa greener doesn’t just mean increasing its greenspace. It also means helping Ottawa become one of the leaders in renewable energy commitments. That’s why Ecology Ottawa’s Renewable City is dedicated towards pushing the nation’s capital to make smart decisions for clean energy resources and against climate change.
Why do we need Renewable City?
The transport and use of non-renewable resources within and through Ottawa can easily have various negative implications on Ottawa citizens. Ranging from environmental to human health threats, it is in Ottawa’s overall favour to decrease dependence and trade in non-renewable resources as much as possible. We continue to promote clean energy and other energy-efficient resources as alternatives for Ottawa and its’ citizens. Not only does it help the environment, but the economic savings are undeniable on both individual and governmental scales.
Throughout the years, various climate change agreements have been made on the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. Renewable City advocates to ensure Ottawa commits to upholding past agreements, and to continue to work towards improving their own climate strategies. Reducing the effects of climate change cannot be done with half-hearted attempts; a firm hand to ensure political climate action occurs is a must.
Renewable City’s work has included calling for action against pipelines transporting crude oil in and around Ottawa. Our concerns lie not only in the environmental damages, but to the severe threats to Ottawa’s drinking and ground water. Should an oil spill occur in or along one of the various rivers flowing into the capital, the health implications would have devastating effects on all citizens. It is essential for these risks be taken into greater consideration.