Ottawa residents are facing an unprecedented opportunity for a breakthrough on climate change over the next year.
We have entered one of those rare periods when our municipal, provincial and federal governments all have a mandate for action and a desire to move in the right direction. Each level of government is in the process of crafting its own response to the climate challenge and the combined result of their work will be a path forward that is filled with major milestones and specific deadlines.
This means that over the next 12 to 18 months, we will have one opportunity after another to say “Yes!!!” to the things that we want. And if people who care about climate change can rally around these key moments – support politicians that are prepared to show leadership and demand action from those that are not – then we will be able to look back on this period as a watershed for the direction of our city, our province, and our country.
No matter how much time and energy you have, you can be part of this potentially historic change, and it all starts on February 16th at City Hall.
Next Tuesday’s Environment Committee meeting will be packed with action on climate change and there has never been a more important time for you to tell your mayor and city councillor that you want to see leadership on this critical issue. You DO NOT need to be a policy expert on the minute details of what is being brought forward (though you can find a lot of additional information below). A simple phone call or email letting the Mayor and your city councillor know that you want them to push for action on climate change can help sweep away resistance and embolden leadership.
You can look up your councilor or find the contact information for all city Councillors here, and Mayor Jim Watson can be reached at (613) 580-2496 or Jim.Watson@ottawa.ca or tweet @JimWatsonOttawa
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