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Happy two-year election anniversary. Now where's the climate action?

October 11, 2017
Photo: Happy two-year election anniversary. Now where's the climate action?
(Credit: Canadian Pacific via Flickr)

SPEAKING POINTS

  • Tell them you live in their riding and talk a bit about yourself (you are a mother, concerned citizen, scientist, immigrant, indigenous person, voter, etc.).
  • Wish them a happy two-year election anniversary.
  • Tell them why climate change concerns you (impacts from increases in extreme weather, air quality, sea level rise, extinctions, climate refugees).
  • Ask them if they will follow through on the climate action that is most important to you:
- stopping pipelines and fossil fuel expansion
- increasing the price on carbon
- putting methane from fracking
- supporting and investing in renewable energy
- ending fossil fuel subsidies
- expanding transit and active transportation
- adopting a national zero-emission vehicle standard

  • Explain that we won't be able to realize the potential of Canada's renewable energy and clean technology industries unless we stop supporting and investing in new fossil fuel infrastructure.
  • Leave them your name and phone number and ask them to reply to confirm how they will fight for bold climate action before the next election.

TIPS FOR THE CALL

Use a headset or hands-free —This will give you both hands to take notes about what was said.
Be polite but firm— MPs are our elected representatives. They will likely be happy to hear from engaged constituents. Be polite and direct. Make sure to ask for a response.

Oxford County breaks new ground with rural "zero-energy" building

September 27, 2017 | Leave a comment
Photo: Oxford County breaks new ground with rural

Credit: Zachary Cox

By Gideon Forman, climate change policy analyst at the David Suzuki Foundation

"We're definitely pushing the envelope with this new facility," says Melissa Abercrombie, manager of engineering services for southern Ontario's Oxford County. "If it works out, and we meet our target, it will be the first building in Canada to receive 'net-zero' certification from the New Buildings Institute."

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An inconvenient letter to the editor

August 8, 2017 | Leave a comment
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Nelson, B.C. saves money with Canada's first community solar garden

July 17, 2017 | Leave a comment
Photo: Nelson, B.C. saves money with Canada's first community solar garden

Credit: Dave Borins

By Gideon Forman, climate change and transportation policy analyst

"There's more sunshine in southeastern British Columbia than in Germany or Ontario," energy-efficiency expert Carmen Proctor says, referring to European and Canadian solar power leaders.

So the late-June launch of this country's first "community solar garden" in Nelson, B.C. — a city of 10,000 a seven-hour drive east of Vancouver — made good economic sense.

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SolarShare's Kingston project combines biodiversity with technology

June 19, 2017 | Leave a comment
Photo: SolarShare's Kingston project combines biodiversity with technology

Credit: SolarShare

By Gideon Forman, climate change and transportation policy analyst

"It's not a great place to grow food," president of SolarShare renewable energy co-op Mike Brigham says, pointing to a rock-strewn farmer's field at the edge of Kingston, Ontario. "But it's certainly a good place to generate electricity."

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