Letter to Councillor

DATE

COUNCILLOR’S NAME  (eg. councillor_lastname@toronto.ca)

 

Dear Councillor __________:

 

re:  TransformTO -- fully funded and implemented                           ,

 

As a resident of Ward _______, I would like to thank you for voting to adopt TransformTO, Toronto’s climate action plan, during July’s Council meeting. Your vote demonstrates that you recognize that there is an urgent need to confront climate change and that TransformTO is an effective, integrated plan that will reduce GHG emissions 80% by 2050 while creating many significant economic and social co-benefits.

 

I am writing you today to urge you to champion the implementation of this plan by ensuring that it is fully funded in the City’s 2018 budget. The numerous components of TransformTO are designed to act as an integral whole, and its emission reduction targets can only be achieved if Council commits to investing completely in all aspects of the plan in the upcoming budget. The needed investment of $6.7 million is miniscule when compared to the formidable cost of inaction. Moreover, each dollar invested will return 14 dollars to Toronto in the form of job creation, economic development and reduced energy costs. 

 

[If you like, customize the letter to suit your ward with a paragraph here addressing the threats that climate change poses to your area of the city or specific ways that your ward will benefit from aspects of the TransformTO plan.]

 

Given that urban areas account for approximately 70% of the world’s GHG emissions, it is crucial that cities take aggressive action now to curb climate change. The TransformTO plan, fully funded and fully implemented, will allow Toronto to become Canada’s climate leader while ensuring a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable city for present and future generations.


 

Sincerely,

 

SIGNATURE

 

[Your Name]

[Your home address] (optional but recommended)

EMAIL ADDRESS

 

cc: mayor_tory@toronto.ca

cc: buc@toronto.ca

bcc:  carbonfreeTO@climatefast.ca