The accumulation of greenhouse gasses from the burning of fossil fuels is heating our planet. This heating is already causing droughts, increasingly violent storms, and rising sea levels. We can limit further heating by cutting our emissions of greenhouse gasses from the burning of fossil fuels, but we are running out of time.
Policies which mitigate climate change can have many other benefits, including the reduction of dangerous air pollution, the preservation of farmland and wilderness areas, and species conservation. Ontario could be a leader in developing and implementing such policies.
The present government of Ontario has given the clearest possible indication that it does not make a significant priority of cutting GHG emissions. It has set a modest emissions reduction goal, which, expert opinion suggests, it will fail to reach.
On June 2, the citizens of Ontario will decide whether Ontario will have a government committed to strong, effective action to mitigate global warming and climate change.
For all of us who care about climate change, we need to do everything we can to assure that on June 2 we elect a government that puts action on climate and environmental protection front and center. Our children and grandchildren are counting on us.
The most urgent thing we can do is to vote. Here are some resources to help you decide who to vote for.
- Look here for a comparison of the platforms of the major parties contesting the election.
- Look here for a side by side comparison of the records of the Liberals when they held power and the current Conservative government. The NDP record is not included because the party was in power (1990-1995) at a time when climate change was not yet a major concern for any government in Canada. The comparison speaks for itself.
- Look here for details of the record of the Conservative Government on the environment.
- Look here for the party answers to the list of 17 questions compiled by Green Prosperity.
- Look here to see what SCAN (Seniors for Climate Action Now) has to say.
An important thing we can do is to let people know where the parties stand on the environment to help them decide how to vote. To help with this we have created a 2 sided flyer that you can see below. We suggest that you can take the pamphlet around various neighborhoods.
- Get or print some copies of the pamphlet we have prepared that compares the parties.
- Pick a CITY block to drop your pamphlets at the door. Look here to find blocks that have already been canvassed so we can avoid duplication.
- When you have canvassed, record the Street Name and the range of Street Numbers where you visited. If you want, include your name.
The Ontario Voters Coalition have identified Peterborough as one of 22 swing ridings where the incumbent PC candidate is vulnerable. They have created a specific program of Deep Canvassing that will prepare us to talk to our neighbors about how our current government has failed us and how to vote to make a difference. We have decided that this is an effective use of our time to make our contribution to electing a well-informed, responsive, and responsible government on June 2, 2022. If it sounds like a lot, please consider the Pamphlet Drop idea instead.
To keep the process of Deep Canvassing in Peterborough simple we have set up a self serve method. Here are the steps you should take to participate:
- View the Training Video from Ontario Voters Coalition.
- Get or print some copies of the pamphlet we have prepared that compares the parties. This can provide useful information to leave behind.
- Pick a block to canvass. Look here to find blocks that have already been canvassed so we can avoid duplication.
- When you have canvassed, record the Street Name and the range of Street Numbers where you visited. If you want, include your name or make up an interesting name for your team.
That’s it, join with some neighbors, have fun, record your results.
If you are in Peterborough you can pick up printed pamphlets at one of the locations below. They will be on the porch, so you can just take the number you will be distributing. Please record the number you have taken.
- 516 Cambridge St, Peterborough, ON K9H 4T4
- 266 King George St, Peterborough, ON K9J 1R8
Here is how to print your own copies of the 2-sided flyer you see below to hand out in person at events or at the market. Feel free to download the PDF version from this link, and to print it on legal (8.5 by 14) paper for your own use.
We’ve also created a version in Word that does not have the 4RG branding information. Feel free to download it from this link and modify it with your own logo or text to use in your community.
- Both versions of the pamphlet make a fourfold and designed for use with 8 ½ X 14 (legal size) paper. For the Word version, you can shift things around a little if necessary.
- There is space at the bottom of the front page for your organization’s name and logo. The back page of the Word version is entirely blank, so you can put your organizations name and logo there too, or other information.
- Once you have run off a two sided copy of the document, you can fold it into the pamphlet, which is a simple accordion design.
- Fold the paper exactly in half so that the front and back pages are facing each other.
- Fold the front and the back over, aligning the outside edges exactly with the first fold, so that they appear on the outside of the pamphlet.
- After folding, the “front page” is the one with “Voting for Climate ACTION” on it, and the “back page” is the one with the organization’s contact information.
Please feel free to share this information with other groups.
Other Personal Actions
The most important climate action we can take ahead of the election is to get involved in the democratic process by engaging politically. For this election, join us to collaborate with the Deep Canvassing of the Ontario Voters Coalition.
- Talk to family and friends about the importance of voting for a party that puts action on climate change and environmental protection front and centre.
- Express your views on social media. You’ll be surprised by how little push-back you get.
- Donate to political parties
- Donate to groups such as Environmental Defence (https://environmentaldefence.ca/) and Lead Now (https://www.leadnow.ca/
- Let political leaders know your views.
- Talk or write to local politicians such as MPP Dave Smith.
- Click here for a list of tips (https://cpa.ca/documents/advocacy_p5.htm) on when and how to do this.
- The Citizens for Public Justice have prepared a letter-writing guide (https://cpj.ca/writing-a-letter-to-your-mp/) to make this easier for you.
- If you are nervous about phoning, call after hours and leave a message.
- Volunteer to work on a political candidate’s campaign.
- Participate in protest marches and rallies.
- Sign petitions, adding some personal comments.
- Invite local politicians to speak to your group about climate change issues.
- Stay informed about climate and environmental issues as they relate to the election. Encourage others to do the same.
- Vote and encourage others to do so, as well.