Tell Queen's Park you want a Peoples Climate Plan!

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PEOPLE’S CLIMATE PLAN FOR ONTARIO! The comment period closes Monday, January 28


TELL QUEEN'S PARK YOU WANT A PEOPLES CLIMATE PLAN!
Many of you were part of forums we hosted on November 14 to encourage submissions to the consultation for a ‘Made in Ontario’ climate plan, and on December 8 when we reported on what’s in (and not in) the provincial climate plan. Some members of ClimateFast and DrawdownTO met to put together a people’s climate plan based on excellent submissions that the Ontario government seems to have completely ignored.  The province’s plan is an anti-climate, corporate friendly plan - not a people’s plan. Now is the time to have your say and call for a REAL People’s Climate Plan for Ontario.


SEND THIS LETTER TO DOUG FORD AND YOUR MPP NOW!

Our plan been posted on this webpage:www.climatefast.ca/peoples-climate-plan - and we’ve made it easy for you to send a letter supporting this plan to the politicians at Queen’s Park - including your MPP - via LeadNow’s link https://act.leadnow.ca/MPP-peoples-climate-plan-ontario/


PLEASE SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA!
Please sign and share with everyone you know! It’s especially important to reach out to people living and working in areas outside of Toronto, so please help us do that by sending this link to your family and friends.  And if you use social media, please tweet, post on FB, and send emails! 


SEND YOUR COMMENTS!
You can read the current Ontario plan and submit your own comments on it here.  You will need to set up an account. That just takes a few minutes, then you can send your comments in before the deadline: Monday, January 28.   
 

Check our webpage for supplementary material and references.

CAPE (Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment) have prepared useful background information and action links here


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The People’s Climate Plan: Information & Action at the Noor Cultural Centre! Jan 24 7pm
Learn more and submit your comments on the plan on the spot!. https://www.facebook.com/events/1147856925384163/

Unfortunately, it’s not enough to submit comments.  We need to build pressure on MPPs directly.  The government as a whole can ignore public input, as it has done so far.  Even though 99% of the public comments on Bill 4 to end cap-and-trade were in favour of keeping that program – people’s opinions were ignored. Click this link: GREENPEACE INVESTIGATION SHOWS 99% OF PUBLIC COMMENTS FAVOURED SAVING CAP AND TRADE

So go on the record - but also send this letter to the Premier, the Environment Minister, other politicians including your own MPP - they need to hear from LOTS of us to know that indeed their constituents believe there’s a climate emergency and that we want to see action.


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AND THERE’S AN EVEN EARLIER DEADLINE - CONSULTATION FOR BILL 66 - that threatens the Greenbelt. So please take action on this one before Sunday January 20th. LeadNow petition hereMore background from Environmental Defence here, and a 2nd petition here.

 

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FRIDAYS FOR FUTURE YOUTH CLIMATE ACTION CONTINUES!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 12:30 - 2 PM, QUEEN’S PARK - CLIMATE STRIKE!   https://www.facebook.com/events/2274221372799742/

Our second FridaysforFuture climatestrike for and with children and youth took place on January 11The youth wrote and delivered a letter to the Minister for the Environment and read the letter in front of Ferguson Block: Photo collage and video here, thanks to Betty Muir.

Help us build momentum for Fridays for Future - let's keep up the pressure! In solidarity with Greta Thunberg in Sweden and climate activists and youth worldwide, we are calling on our elected representatives to take emergency action on climate change before it is too late.

NOT IN TORONTO? Find out about climate strike actions in other parts of Ontario and Canada - or start your own! We need this movement to grow. https://cop24climatestrike.com/register-event/


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COMMUNITY FUTURES- SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBOURHOODS IN SCARBOROUGH AND ETOBICOKE

ClimateFast together with Green Neighbours Network and Toronto Green Community is launching Community Futures - Sustainable Neighbourhoods initiatives in Scarborough and Etobicoke and we are seeking community members for project committees for each location. These committees will work with a community animator to offer visioning sessions and workshops over the next six months. . If this interests you please contact lyn@climatefast.ca


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MORE EVENTS IN TORONTO IN FEBRUARY!

Feb. 7 and 11, Budget Deputations at Toronto City Hall. If you would like to depute regarding funding for TransformTO in the budget please email lyn@climatefast.ca for more details.

Monday, Feb. 11, 6:30 pm - Gord Perks, Councillor with a special focus on climate action, speaks at Green 13 event at Annette Library, 145 Annette St.  

Wednesday Feb. 13 - DrawdownTO “Drawdown Toronto Summit on Climate Action and Gender Equality”. With a Keynote by Katharine Wilkinson, Tecumseh Auditorium, Oakham house, Ryerson University. 6:30-9:00, preceded by networking info fair and refreshments from 5:00-6:30. 

More info on DrawdownTO can be found at www.unifytoronto.ca, info on 100 solutions on climate: www.drawdown.org


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Here's some great news from Vancouver:

VANCOUVER DECLARES CLIMATE EMERGENCY


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POWERSHIFT: YOUNG AND RISING! It's a convergence of hundreds of young people happening in Ottawa from Feb 14-18. This is an amazing conference where young people come together, to learn, do, interact and meet some amazing people from across the country. Register now!

Website: powershift-youngandrising.ca, and on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Help build the climate movement! Volunteer for ClimateFast! We need volunteer for data entry, petitioning, writing letters to the editor, meeting with politicians, promotion, media, outreach and events. volunteer@climatefast.ca

If the world is to be healed through human efforts, it will be by ordinary people, people whose love for this life is even greater than their fear.” ― Joanna Macy