The IPCC Report and Climate Action

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its special report on the impacts of climate change at 1.5°C and 2°C.

The results are clear - if the world keeps warming below 1.5°C, it will prevent an already dire situation from becoming so much worse. Among other impacts, ocean acidification, forest fires, falling crop yields, heat deaths and the spread of vector-borne disease all increase as the temperature rises.

As Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II articulates, Every extra bit of warming matters, especially since warming of 1.5ºC or higher increases the risk associated with long-lasting or irreversible changes, such as the loss of some ecosystems.”1

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Environmental Commissioner's New Report Asks What's Next for Climate Action in Ontario

Since Ontario saw its new government instated, climate action in Ontario has been disrupted. At the same time, some of the most recent reports show that we have as little as 10 years to stop using fossil fuels and that emissions must be on a decided downward trend by 2020 - just fifteen months. The need for effective, targeted and immediate climate action is critical. We must speak up for good climate plans and demand accountable climate action from government. 

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Toronto350 Part of Global Climate Day of Action

globe_sign_action.pngOn Sept. 8, Toronto 350, along with hundreds of thousands of people across the world, lead Toronto in a Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice rally. Concerned citizens came together to demand that Canada’s political leaders commit to a just and fossil-free future that places people and the planet over profits, days before the Global Climate Action Summit began in San Francisco.
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Elizabeth May Petition to Oppose Trans Mountain Expansion Pipeline (TMX)

At the rally on September 8th, the speakers mentioned follow-up actions that we can take to discourage further fossil fuel development and make way for a swift transition to renewables. One helpful action is signing the petition Elizabeth May has put forward to be read in the House of Commons. The more signatures the better! Please see the information below and pass it on to your friends and family.
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Labour Groups

Toronto 350 enjoys its relationship with labour organizations, so we were proud to be in this year’s 20,000-strong Labour Day parade. We held a banner made by the $15 & Fairness Campaign, with a call to
“Raise Wages, Not The Seas”. We are part of both the $15&F Campaign, as well as the Good Jobs for All Coalition, which is made up of labour, community justice and environmental organizations. We support
just transitions for workers out of the fossil fuel sector, as well as raising wages for those in needed, low-carbon jobs in health, education and social services.
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Toronto’s Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally, on Saturday 8th, is coming up fast!

On the map, at riseforclimate.org hundreds of events are filling up the continents! From the Californian coast to Papua New Guinea, from South Africa to Iceland, thousands of people are rising up to tell their local leaders they want a swift and fair transition to a fossil free world. The events include concerts, aerial photographs, sit-ins, screenings, forums and lemonade stands. They take place at community centres, libraries and public squares. This is creative, grassroots action, for the people by the people!

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Rise for Climate on September 8th - with Music, Youth and Science!

Together, we will challenge all levels of government to take meaningful climate action.
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Toronto Rise for Climate Action

The climate is heating up and so are we!

We won’t stand by while our federal and provincial governments are actively destroying our chances to create a livable world. 

For all of us.
For our children!

On September 8th, join us at the Toronto Rise for Climate action!  Rally with us, in solidarity with thousands of people worldwide, to speak out for climate, jobs and justice. Together, we can challenge our dependence on oil and gas. We can demand a swift transition to a sustainable economy with green jobs that support it.   

All are welcome, so bring your friends and family!

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Film Screening: Directly Affected

directyaffected.jpgOn July 11, we will be screening the film "Directly Affected," a documentary film by Zack Embree and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

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Partnerships for a better Toronto

Supporting and working with other organizations who share our goals is a key strategy for Toronto350. We are proud members of several coalitions. One of them is TCAN, the Toronto Climate Action Network, which brings together a number of environmental organizations in the City. Another is the Good Jobs for All Coalition, whose co-chair will be presenting at our January 9th, 2018 educational meeting (6:30 p.m., 25 Cecil Street). This coalition brings together partners in the labour, environmental and social justice movements.  We are also part of the Fight for 15 and Fairness campaign; while provincial in scope, many of its actions take place in Toronto, for example when we march with the “Raise Wages, not the seas” banner at various rallies.

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