CANDIDATE'S CLIMATE PLEDGE

Instructions:

  1. Print out or email the Long or Short version of the templated Candidate's Pledge below and insert the candidate's name at the top.

  2. Contact your Candidate of choice to request they sign the Pledge to commit support for any or all of the specific actions listed by initialing each point supported.

  3. Encourage their participation as a positive action that will promote publicity and engage more voters.

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  5. Consider amplifying this action with photo ops (public health permitting), social and/or traditional media, encouraging the candidate to promote through their own networks and more.

  6. Complete the simple Candidates' Pledge Reporting Form below to provide feedback.

Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign

Candidate's Climate Pledge

I, [insert MPP or political candidate name here], am a candidate for the 2022 Ontario provincial election. 

By signing this Climate Pledge I recognize the urgent risks posed by the environmental crisis which threaten our way of life and the evidence-based solutions described, making them key policy priorities for the next government of Ontario. 

 

If elected I commit to work to rapidly implement the following:

 

Initials:

[  ]  1. Set binding climate targets based on science and justice consistent with global efforts to limit planetary warming to 1.5C. 

Set binding greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets relative to 2005 levels of 30% by 2025; 60% by 2030; and 100% by 2040. Establish rolling 5-year carbon budgets that decline over time towards zero emissions by 2040 or sooner. Review and update targets regularly as climate science evolves. Track and report progress on these actions every year.

[  ]  2. Prioritize and respect Indigenous sovereignty and autonomy. 

Build a new relationship between the Province of Ontario and Indigenous peoples premised on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Recognize and respect Indigenous peoples’ jurisdiction and right to free, prior, and informed consent within their territories. Collaborate in true partnership with Indigenous peoples on shared climate priorities, recognizing that spiritual value of the land is reflected in Indigenous culture with a commitment to respecting Mother Earth.

[  ]  3. Invest in a thriving, regenerative, zero emissions economy.

Invest 2% of Ontario’s GDP to advance the zero emissions, decarbonized, renewable economy and create many thousands of decent, secure, sustainable jobs across multiple sectors. Create new economic and public institutions, diverting monies from destructive fossil fuels, and spend what it takes to immediately reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Do so recognizing that the cost of inaction will massively outweigh the cost of immediate urgent climate action. Regulate and support governmental holdings to rapidly divest from fossil fuel exposure, and businesses to decarbonize while promoting green manufacturing.

[  ]  4. End all fossil fuel subsidies immediately and rapidly wind down all fossil fuel use.

Phase out gas-fired electricity by 2030. Redirect funding to energy efficiency and fully renewable low carbon energy sources. End all fossil fuel subsidies, tax and financial incentives immediately. Ensure that all high emitting industries and sectors that create or profit from fossil fuel pollution pay their fair share of the costs of the resulting climate damage. Place an immediate moratorium on any further investment in nuclear energy to invest instead in new renewable energy.

[  ]  5. Prioritize public health as the climate crisis is our single greatest health crisis.

Recognize that climate change is the single greatest health threat of this century and taking climate action is our greatest health opportunity. Invest in sustainable, equitable, and accessible healthcare. Incorporate Health in All Policies, One Health tenets, and Wellbeing Economy indicators into all future policy decisions, moving beyond economic evaluations and GDP-based measures.

[  ]  6. Accelerate the transition to zero emission buildings.

Establish and implement stringent net-zero emissions building codes on all new builds by 2025 including elimination of fossil fuel based heating, while incentivizing deep retrofits for existing buildings to achieve net-zero emissions and inclusive affordable housing with low energy costs. Ban new gas connections by the end of 2023. Create a Crown Corporation to mobilize the workforce for the sustainable employment opportunities that will be generated.

[  ]  7. Accelerate the transition to zero emissions transportation and ensure ongoing sustainable community development.

Invest in affordable, accessible, and convenient zero-emissions public transit connecting and interconnecting communities, including northern communities. Reallocate infrastructure funds from unnecessary highway expansion including cancellation of Highway 413 and the Bradford Bypass to sustainable public transit and active transportation. Mandate all new vehicle sales to be zero emissions by 2030. Prevent urban sprawl through sustainable urban development and intensification, while promoting healthy walkable, cycling-friendly communities with ample green infrastructure.

[  ]  8. Urgently protect natural biodiversity.

Support and invest in Indigenous-led conservation initiatives. Restore natural ecosystems functions, preserve biodiversity, and increase carbon sequestration, including important carbon sinks such as the Greenbelt, the boreal forests of northern Ontario, and the James Bay lowlands, thereby improving human and ecosystem resilience to climate impacts. Protection must include at least 30% by 2030 of forests, wetlands, greenspaces and fresh water including our Great Lakes and other sources of drinking water. Restore powers and funding to Conservation Authorities.

[  ]  9. Invest in local, organic, regenerative agriculture and plant-rich food systems.

Incentivize carbon storage in soil, restore biodiversity, restore degraded ecosystems, and ensure food sovereignty and food security across the province. Increase public access to locally-sourced, affordable, sustainably-produced, and plant-rich foods and implement reductions in food waste. Support farmers in shifting operations to regenerative agriculture. Support Indigenous communities wishing to maintain traditional food systems and enhance their food security.

[  ]  10. Institute a broad public education campaign, as we all have the right to know what’s at stake.

Tell the truth about the climate and biodiversity crises and their critical impacts on human survival, in order to educate and mobilize broad community-based and societal action.  Highlight the multiple co-benefits and massive opportunities that will result from taking climate action, including health and economic benefits, as well as employment opportunities.

[  ]  11. Reinstate an independent office of the Environmental Commissioner.

Empower and adequately fund the Environmental Commissioner on an ongoing basis to independently oversee the implementation of the essential environmental actions to be taken.

[  ]  12. Leave no one behind. 

As we make the massive and urgent transformations critically needed to secure our shared future, ensure a just transition for Indigenous, resource-dependent, remote, and marginalized communities, low income families, fossil fuel workers, and all others disproportionately affected by the necessary shift to a low carbon economy. Prepare our communities for the impacts of the climate crisis to minimize human suffering and infrastructure damage. Address environmental racism and intergenerational justice by supporting those most vulnerable to climate change impacts including future generations. Recognize that our only way forward is to act together urgently, collectively, massively to safeguard the present and secure the future for ourselves, our children, and for generations yet to come.

Candidate  X_____________________

We / I the undersigned representing all co-signatories of the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign commit to working with the Government of Ontario to achieve these goals.

X_____________________

Organization (optional)_____________________

Signed on (date):  ____________

Signed at (place): ____________

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