What you can do
It’s Not Your Fault
It’s hard to know what to do about climate change. Even things we know we should be doing are inconvenient and no one else is doing them anyway.
Most people go with the norm.
But our governments set the ground rules for what the norm should be.
Elected officials have a duty to enact policy that is good for society. Elected officials believe that too. Yet in the face of this enormous problem our elected officials are not being proactive on climate change. Why? Mainly because they don’t believe it will keep them in office.
It is our responsibility to tell them it will; and to vote accordingly.
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Category Archives: Actions
I just sent email to Paul Dewar (my MP), Yasir Naqvi (my MPP), Katherine Hobbs (my City Councillor), Kathleen Wynne (Premier of Ontario), and Jim Watson (Mayor of Ottawa), saying pretty much the following: I write because pipelines such as … Continue reading
The following extract from Ecology Ottawa’s recent post. Your job is to register to attend. We’ve worked for months to get the City of Ottawa back on track to do its fair share in the fight against climate change and … Continue reading
With Ecology Ottawa I am asking people to call their city councillor to ask that the upcoming greenhouse gas roundtable be used as a starting point for the city to revisit its climate change strategy. Here’s why: You can help … Continue reading
In 2005 the City of Ottawa was making fair progress on the issue of climate change. That stagnated during O’Brien’s Mayorship and since Councillor Maria McRae became Chair of Ottawa’s Environment Committee has actually slid backward. Concerned citizens and groups … Continue reading
The City of Ottawa’s own numbers show that we’re not achieving our climate change targets. What’s more, although evidence shows climate change is everyone’s problem some city councillors don’t think it’s a municipal issue and are trying to suppress discussion. … Continue reading
Action: Tell your Councillor you like what you see coming out of the Choosing Our Future process and that you want to see the plans implemented. Tell the Mayor too. There are a few things wrong with the suite of … Continue reading
Action: Send a note to the NCC’s VP Environment, copying the CEO and Director responsible for Gatineau Park, saying that a Green Transportation Plan that doesn’t account for greenhouse gasses is missing an important element. The NCC is currently running … Continue reading
Action: Tell your councillor you want a meaningful “Sustainability Lens.” On October 12, 2011 a motion was carried by Ottawa City Council to include a section called “Accessibility Impacts” in staff reports. The idea is that city staff be sure … Continue reading
On Wednesday October 26 draft budget documents were officially received at City Council. Hurrah! This represents
Action: We’re setting our local climate change targets over the coming weeks. (i) Ask your Councillor now to ensure these targets strongly address our greenhouse gas emissions; (ii) Attend the committee meeting where the targets become public; (iii) give input … Continue reading