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Actions of the Month
1. Community Input to Peterborough Climate Change Action Plan 2050
The City of Peterborough is updating its community Climate Change Action Plan to include new measures to help the city achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution reductions by 2050. Input from residents is needed to understand what climate action measures might work in Peterborough to significantly lower GHG pollution.
The City of Peterborough is using the ConnectPTBO engagement platform to collect community members’ ideas and gauge insight for this project. Residents can complete the Community Questionnaire and contribute suggestions directly in the New Ideas tab at www.connectptbo.ca/ccap2050.
2. Send a Letter to Canadian Cabinet Ministers
Representatives from nearly 200 countries will come together at COP28 in Dubai from Nov. 30 to Dec. 12 to coordinate global climate action for the next year.
The number-one goal at COP28 is Transitioning to Clean Energy: Fast-tracking the energy transition and slashing emissions before 2030 to limit global warming to an average of 1.5° C above pre-industrial levels, above which climate damage becomes much worse. The world has recently had several days above 2° C!
Please participate in this letter-writing campaign to Canada’s representatives at COP28, focussing on reducing emissions. This is a crucial time to write our representatives, as they need the encouragement to make bold statements on the global stage. And bold statements from Canada are desperately needed, with Canada predicted to be among the countries with the largest increase in fossil-fuel production in the world in 2024.
Here is a sample email for you as well as the email addresses of some government officials to send it to.
Climate change has given Canada its worst forest-fire season ever, and continues to cause extreme heatwaves, flooding and storms. The WHO has just reported that the health of children is being seriously endangered by climate change.
The UN Global Stocktake, the first report to assess the global response to the climate crisis and its relationship to the 2015 Paris Agreement, calls for “radical decarbonization” and “phasing out all unabated fossil fuels.” This is crucial to avoid having the world pass 1.5 degrees of warming at which climate effects become much worse than at present.
At COP26 in 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to “cap Canada’s oil and gas sector emissions today, and ensure they decrease tomorrow at a pace and scale needed to reach net-zero by 2050.” Yet Canada is predicted to be among the countries with the largest increase in fossil-fuel production in the world in 2024.
At CO28, Canada has a historic opportunity to lead the world in reducing carbon emissions. I urge you to follow through on Canada’s promise at COP26.
For our children and grandchildren,
(Name and address here, including postal code)
- Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister, email@example.com
- Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn – Spending even just ten minutes a week learning about the climate crisis and climate action will leave you feeling empowered.
- Look for 4RG on social media
- Climate Change: The Basics, The Solutions
- Learn about nature.
- Books, news articles, podcasts, video
As you learn about the climate emergency, you become a “trusted messenger” with the ability to shift the understanding and actions of those around you. Your biggest sphere of influence is on your family and friends, and your local politicians.
- The most important thing you can do is to talk to people about climate. It doesn’t have to be a long speech, perhaps just a quick comment in a normal conversation. Here are some suggestions.
- Tips to help you communicate with politicians.
- Involve your kids/grandkids so they learn how to advocate.
- Sign a petition. While a letter or a phone call has a bigger impact, every little bit helps.
Personal Change: One of the most significant impacts of making personal changes comes from your influence on others. Let your friends and family know about the changes you are making in your personal life – these “social nudges” can be very powerful.
- Focus your limited time and energy on an action that will have a bigger impact.
- Count-Us-In.org Choose an action, and see the cumulative impact as a result of worldwide action.
- Join a local group that shares your interests and concern for the environment. The solutions to the climate crisis require many skills and interests – organizers, networkers, naturalists, activists, poets, naturalists, activists, musicians, networkers, gardeners, educators, etc.
- A powerful way to effect change is to make a donation to a charity working on environmental issues such as climate change. Charity Intelligence Canada assesses a charity’s demonstrated social results and provides lists of Top Impact Charities. There are many top-rated environmental charities. Those with five-star ratings include Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Ecojustice, and Ecotrust Canada.
- Last, but not least – Addressing the climate crisis is important and sometimes difficult work. Self care is vital. Connect with others who care. Enjoy time in nature. Take a break from the news. As Paul Hawken so eloquently reminds us, you are not alone in this work. 7 actions you can take for the Climate and Your Health.