Thursday, October 24, 2019

Toronto City Council Declares a Climate Emergency

by: Sophie Plottel

On October 2, 2019 Toronto joined over 1,000 cities around the world in declaring a global climate emergency and committing to take further action to tackle climate change.

The threat of climate change is a major issue facing our city, and all cities. The declaration affirms Toronto's commitment to taking action to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting our city from the impacts of climate change.

This emergency declaration is a way of signalling the need to do more, and more quickly. It means that Toronto is now committed to becoming a net zero City before 2050. It also means that City Council will look for opportunities to invest in and accelerate taking action where possible.

As part of the emergency declaration, City Council directed City staff to report back on how the TransformTO climate action strategy, approved by Toronto City Council in 2017, could be accelerated to reach this new target of net zero by 2050 or earlier.

Among many other items, staff will also report back on how to build equity and inclusion into climate action and how to ensure there is ongoing and meaningful collaboration with equity-seeking groups and Indigenous communities.


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