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

Mitchell Longval
Yasmine Chabwa
madison loder
Josh Monk
Hazel Elmslie
Nicholas Piovesan
Kaitlyn Tyschenko
Christine Strupat
Rebecca Minielly
Jeff Vanderzwet
Helen Riordon
Allison Bowes
Winter Slade
Leila Nattagh
Jonny Glenn-Lynes
Sarah Ragalyi
Paula Marcotte
Sara Wilson
Chris Evans
Yetty Joosse
Carolyn Corcoran
Heather Barclay
David Janzen
George Sinclair
Bernard Lawrence
Brennan Vogel
Valerie Hembruff
Vidya Natarajan
Madeline Bassnett
Lorna Cairns
262 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Mitchell Longval
    signed 2020-02-15 13:30:38 -0500
  • Yasmine Chabwa
    signed 2020-02-11 20:59:01 -0500
  • madison loder
    signed 2020-02-11 14:22:47 -0500
  • Josh Monk
    signed 2020-02-10 17:02:54 -0500
  • Hazel Elmslie
    signed 2020-02-10 07:46:39 -0500
    Water damage is the insurance companies nightmare and payouts are increasing dramatically and policies are there fore becoming more restrictive. Bottom line: governments will be footing the bill – get fixes in NOW while we still have the cahnce.
  • Nicholas Piovesan
    signed 2020-02-09 15:27:47 -0500
    Climate-action funding will improve the well-being and livelihoods of ALL Londoners, not just homeowners and business owners. Our homeless and in-between populations are the most at-risk when it comes to weather and flooding events, and investments now will help mitigate these risks for the future.
  • Kaitlyn Tyschenko
    signed 2020-02-05 15:46:22 -0500
    Kaitlyn Tyschenko
  • Christine Strupat
    signed 2020-02-05 14:58:58 -0500
  • Rebecca Minielly
    signed 2020-02-05 14:51:07 -0500
  • Jeff Vanderzwet
    signed 2020-02-04 16:27:09 -0500
  • Helen Riordon
    signed 2020-02-03 14:19:46 -0500
  • Allison Bowes
    signed 2020-02-03 11:41:06 -0500
  • Winter Slade
    signed 2020-02-01 12:30:37 -0500
  • Leila Nattagh
    signed 2020-01-31 00:17:48 -0500
  • Jonny Glenn-Lynes
    signed 2020-01-30 19:36:30 -0500
  • Sarah Ragalyi
    signed 2020-01-30 12:04:46 -0500
  • Paula Marcotte
    signed 2020-01-28 20:04:05 -0500
  • Sara Wilson
    signed 2020-01-28 14:51:59 -0500
  • Chris Evans
    signed 2020-01-28 14:33:30 -0500
  • Yetty Joosse
    signed 2020-01-27 21:23:45 -0500
  • Carolyn Corcoran
    signed 2020-01-27 17:39:08 -0500
    Carolyn Corcoran
  • Heather Barclay
    signed 2020-01-27 17:28:28 -0500
  • David Janzen
    signed 2020-01-27 15:01:37 -0500
    David Janzen
  • George Sinclair
    signed 2020-01-27 10:06:41 -0500
  • Bernard Lawrence
    signed 2020-01-27 09:04:39 -0500
  • Brennan Vogel
    signed 2020-01-26 23:26:38 -0500
  • Valerie Hembruff
    signed 2020-01-26 15:38:02 -0500
  • Vidya Natarajan
    signed 2020-01-26 10:50:56 -0500
    We need to take the right steps now, before it is too late.
  • Madeline Bassnett
    signed 2020-01-26 08:50:25 -0500
  • Lorna Cairns
    signed 2020-01-26 08:10:32 -0500
    Lorna Cairns

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