Action Alert: Climate Action Now in City Budget

Sign our petition at the bottom!

London’s climate is changing. Gradually, the weather is getting wetter, hotter and more severe. Our city is subject to more frequent intense weather events such as flooding, heat waves, severe thunderstorms, ice storms and snowstorms.

This past January 2020, we saw a record breaking rainfall and homeowners facing flooded basements. These extreme weather events will only continue to increase, and London needs a plan (and funding) for climate action in this multi-year budget cycle to address and mitigate these events.

A once-in-a-generation opportunity

London City Council is about to debate and decide on a new multi-year budget. This is the major finance document that will shape the size and character of our city for the next four years, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the highest accepted scientific authority on climate change, estimates that we have 10 years to avoid catastrophic damage.

These next four years are crucial in the battle against climate change.

The new multi-year budget will have a dramatic impact on whether we as a city do our fair share to tackle the climate crisis. It’s all hands on deck, and cities like London have an opportunity to lead the way in the transition to a climate-friendly world. In other words, the new budget must be London’s temporary climate emergency plan (until a final climate emergency plan is published).

Don’t dismay! We have solutions and a clear way forward.

The City of London has several plans in place, but one in particular is called the Community Energy Action Plan which outlines quite clearly the previous targets and actions the City has undertaken to address climate change. They also have plans to create a new Climate Emergency Action Plan for 2020.

The City of London even released a Climate Change Emergency - Update from staff about immediate actions to undetake such as a net-zero by 2050 target, a CEET screening tool (Climate Emergency Evaluation Tool), and advocate to federal and provincial governments for climate action. But all those plans and the subsequent determined actions require funding in order to function.

What can you do to help?

Sign our petition! We know the City of London is leaning in the right direction, but we need to show City Hall how important climate action is to the residents of London and push them to do more. There are lots of business cases in this budget that relate to climate action and we need to let Councillors know how important those actions are. The reality is, if we don’t speak up and tell our political leaders what we want, the work won’t get done.

We also need you to call or email your Councillor to talk to them about your priorities. Find out easy ways you can connect to your Councillor by clicking here.

Sign the petition below to ask City Council to take action on the environment and climate change by allocating funding towards climate action in this year's multi-year budget.

Who's signing

Cheryl Dumoulin
Andy Kroeker
Christine Strupat
Graham Hunt
Joseph Kennedy
Jerry O’Connor
Lore Wainwright
Brianne Curry
Jay Cummins
Daniel Hall
Susan Booth
John Landstreet
Carolyn Corcoran
Darlene Davis
Jack Spence
Sahana Mazumder
Andrée-Michelle Kiernan
Jackson Stanley
Louise Mauffette-Leenders
Dominika Grzelak
Donna Thompson
Swan Blackwater
Joan Bancroft
Tana Cook
Mary Ann Hodge
Ben Crossett
Meghan Kirkland
Sophie Hawkins
Karen Hine
196 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Cheryl Dumoulin
    signed 2020-01-22 21:17:21 -0500
  • Andy Kroeker
    signed 2020-01-22 20:58:28 -0500
  • Christine Strupat
    signed 2020-01-22 18:47:45 -0500
  • Graham Hunt
    signed 2020-01-22 18:30:59 -0500
  • Joseph Kennedy
    signed 2020-01-22 18:25:38 -0500
  • Lore Wainwright
    @w1lore tweeted link to this page. 2020-01-22 14:32:38 -0500
    Action Alert: Climate Action Now in City Budget - Sign the @LondonEnviroNet petition calling on @CityofLdnOnt Council to fully fund Business Case 5A+B (& a few other environmental cases) to show their support for the #environment & #climateaction #ldnont
  • Jerry O’Connor
    signed 2020-01-22 14:32:29 -0500
  • Lore Wainwright
    signed 2020-01-22 14:32:25 -0500
  • Brianne Curry
    signed 2020-01-22 13:42:55 -0500
  • Jay Cummins
    signed 2020-01-22 13:14:20 -0500
    I fully support climate action, and businesses should be right up there leading the transition.
  • Daniel Hall
    signed 2020-01-22 13:13:40 -0500
  • Susan Booth
    signed 2020-01-22 12:37:44 -0500
    Susan Booth
  • John Landstreet
    signed 2020-01-22 12:18:26 -0500
  • Carolyn Corcoran
    signed 2020-01-22 10:10:48 -0500
    Carolyn Corcoran
  • Darlene Davis
    signed 2020-01-22 09:38:08 -0500
    London’s climate is changing and we, the residents of London, put you in office to ensure that you work together to tackle the very present climate crisis. Please do not put this off – our safety and well-being depend on you!
  • Jack Spence
    signed 2020-01-21 23:02:17 -0500
  • Sahana Mazumder
    signed 2020-01-21 21:51:21 -0500
  • Andrée-Michelle Kiernan
    signed 2020-01-21 21:33:40 -0500
  • Jackson Stanley
    signed 2020-01-21 16:57:48 -0500
    “We need to focus every inch of our being on climate change, because if we fail to do so than all our achievements and progress have been for nothing and all that will remain of our political leaders’ legacy will be the greatest failure of human history. And they will be remembered as the greatest villains of all time, because they have chosen not to listen and not to act.” – Greta Thunberg
  • Louise Mauffette-Leenders
    signed 2020-01-21 12:25:20 -0500
    Louise A Mauffette-Leenders
  • Dominika Grzelak
    signed 2020-01-21 11:23:31 -0500
  • Donna Thompson
    signed 2020-01-21 08:37:17 -0500
  • Swan Blackwater
    signed 2020-01-21 08:03:57 -0500
  • Joan Bancroft
    signed 2020-01-21 07:04:05 -0500
  • Tana Cook
    signed 2020-01-21 02:44:33 -0500
  • Mary Ann Hodge
    signed 2020-01-20 21:28:20 -0500
    We are in a climate emergency, and the budget needs to reflect this fact with a focus on real change. Lower priority items such as building a new city hall need to take a back seat to the more pressing issues of the day. There is a glut of office space in London. There is a void of climate action. Please choose the long term prosperity of the city, the country and the planet by focusing on the reduction of GHG emissions through programs such as electrifying the city fleet including public transit, increasing investments in public transit and promoting electrical charging stations.
  • Ben Crossett
    signed 2020-01-20 19:40:41 -0500
  • Meghan Kirkland
    signed 2020-01-20 18:22:06 -0500
    If both smaller cities and larger cities than London can implement green bins and environmental measures then so can London. Time for the Forest City to care about the environment.
  • Sophie Hawkins
    signed 2020-01-20 17:17:52 -0500
  • Karen Hine
    signed 2020-01-20 16:55:55 -0500


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