The David Suzuki Foundation's longtime slogan has been "Solutions are in our nature." This is not only a mantra for the organization; it's also encouragement for our society to pursue strategies that reduce our impact on the planet. A recent example of solutions being identified and implemented is Ontario's commitment to clean up its energy sector.
Ontario's decision to phase out coal-fired power by 2014 has resulted in a dramatic decline in the province's greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. In just two years, the GHG emissions from Ontario's electricity production fell by more than half. To put this in perspective, the reduction in this one sector is larger than the combined total carbon footprints of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and all three territories.
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This aggressive purging of coal has been coupled with a push to install more renewable energies such as wind and solar. The passage of the Green Energy Act has allowed Ontario to lead Canadian provinces in installed wind capacity and to become second in the entire continent for installed solar capacity. Ontario's vision of rapidly shifting the province away from fossil fuel-based electricity has resulted in billions of dollars in investment.
Unfortunately, the deployment of renewable energy has come under attack from a small but vocal group that is calling for a moratorium on wind power in the province. It is critical that government continue to pursue the long-term sustainability of its energy supply and not move backwards on this issue. Please send a letter, put together by our friends at Environmental Defence, and let your elected officials know what a clean energy present and future means for Ontario's environment and the health of its communities. Help Ontario continue to be a provincial leader in finding solutions to climate change and air pollution.