You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016

The following video presents What YOU Can Do About Climate Change:

“Reducing your carbon footprint just got easier. This video uses animations and humour to teach people how they can personally help prevent global warming.
This is just one of the free educational products available in the “Climate Insights 101″ series. Created by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS) — a collaboration of British Columbia’s four research intensive universities.”

The City of Toronto has set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help reduce the most negative impact of climate change.

“TransformTO is a project that will engage Toronto residents and businesses in imagining the transformative changes we will need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, while at the same time improving public health, enhancing our local economy, and reducing social inequalities….

Reducing our emissions to address climate change will involve a community-wide effort. TransformTO will be co-created with ideas, advice and input from residents, businesses, community organizations, and research institutions, and analysis will help us identify what is technically feasible as we look to create the best path to a low carbon future.

http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=ba07f60f4adaf410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD

Two separate but related documents will be created:

  • A short-term strategy (2017-2020) outlining the actions that will allow Toronto to meet its 30% greenhouse gas emissions target by 2020 through policy and programming.
  • A long-term (2020-2050) approach that will identify how we can reduce emissions by 80% by 2050 while generating a healthier, more prosperous and equitable city.

TransformTO community conversations: 

Events will begin with an open house from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a presentation and conversations from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Seating is limited. Please register online.

  • Monday, April 25 at Metro Hall, 55 John St. Register
  • Wednesday, April 27 at Ken Cox Community Centre, 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. Register
  • Tuesday, May 3 at Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr. Register
  • Monday, May 9 at North York Memorial Hall, 5110 Yonge St. Register

Residents can learn more about TransformTO and register to attend at: toronto.ca/transformto.

NEWS RELEASE

12-Apr-2016

Residents invited to community conversations to help shape Toronto’s low-carbon future

Residents are invited to help shape Toronto’s future as a low-carbon city by participating in a series of community conversations in April and May, as part of TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto. Read more of You’re Invited to Community Conversations About “TransformTO: Climate Action for a Healthy, Equitable and Prosperous Toronto” on April 25 & 27 and May 3 & 9, 2016

Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016

The following video presents Obama, Canadian PM to Reveal Climate Change Strategy for 2050:

The tense US-Canada relationship is thawing as President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau collaborate on climate change policies. At the start of Trudeau’s state visit to Washington on Thursday, the leaders released a joint statement on climate change and the Arctic. They pledged to work closely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The agreement reflects the sharp turn Canada made in environmental policies when it elected Trudeau in October. His predecessor had placed the expansion of Canada’s oil and gas industry at the center of the country’s relationship with the U.S. The new climate statement says Canada and the U.S. will reveal its strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the middle of the century.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada is looking for your input on the draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy.

  • Goal: Taking Action on Climate Change
    In order to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce GHG (Greenhouse Gas) emissions levels and build resilience to climate change.
  • The new strategy outlines how 37 federal government departments and agencies are working to create a sustainable economy and protect the environment for the next three years.
  • The strategy also outlines the Government of Canada’s environmental sustainability contributions to the 2030 Agenda, a set of global sustainable development goals.
Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.

Planning for a Sustainable Future. The draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy includes 5 goals, 36 measurable targets, and 37 federal departments and agencies. The 5 goals are: Taking action on climate change; Clean technology, jobs and innovation; National parks, protected areas and ecosystems; Freshwater and oceans; Human health, well being and quality of life.

“I am inviting all Canadians to take a look at the draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy and help us improve it. Your feedback will ensure that our plan reflects the knowledge and perspectives of Canadians and will help us shape the final strategy.”

– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

Canada’s strategy for sustainable development

  • The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) is the government’s plan and vision for a more sustainable Canada. A draft 2016–2019 strategy was recently released for consultation.
  • Tell Environment and Climate Change Canada what you think of the draft 2016–2019 strategy, at http://www.fsds-sfdd.ca/#/en .
  • Please share the above link to the draft strategy with others, so they can comment too.
  • You can also visit the Let’s Talk Sustainability discussion space to join in on the conversation about sustainability.

Public input is essential in building a solid strategy. We want to hear from a wide range of Canadians and get your views on what a sustainable Canada looks like. We also want to hear your ideas about what sustainability targets government should aim for over the next three years—and how those targets can best be measured and reported.

The 2015 Progress Report on the FSDS was tabled in Parliament in February 2016. This report provides available scientific information about the progress made under the 2013–2016 FSDS. It tells us where we are today and the sustainable development challenges ahead.

Read more of Canada’s Draft 2016-2019 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy to Create a Sustainable Economy & Protect the Environment: Canadians, Give Your Comments Before June 24, 2016

Ontario’s Draft Plan to Improve Pollinator Health & Reduce Pollinator Losses: Send Your Comments before March 7, 2016

The following video presents “Creating Pollinator Habitat in Ontario”

“One of the major issues that ALUS is trying to address is the recent decline of pollinators. Bayham ALUS project coordinator Kyle Mauthe explains how demonstration farm M&R Orchards has planted native wild flowers to create pollinator habitat.”

This is an update to the following blog, Ontario’s Rules to Reduce Neonicotinoid Pesticide: Protect Bees: Submit Comments Until May 7, 2015.

The Government of Ontario aims to protect pollinators by addressing the four main stressors that pollinators face: loss of habitat and nutrition; diseases, pests and genetics; pesticide exposure; climate change and weather.

The Province is proposing a draft Pollinator Health Action Plan, a component of its comprehensive Pollinator Health Strategy, as a plan for government, stakeholders and the public to work in partnership to enhance the state of health of Ontario’s pollinators, both managed and wild, and to strengthen their populations.

Public Consultation:

This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting January 22, 2016.

Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

Other Public Consultation Opportunities:

In addition to submitting comments via this notice or in writing, you can:

  • Email your comments to pollinatorhealth@ontario.ca and,

Pollinator Health Action Plan survey

“Share your thoughts and recommendations on our draft Pollinator Health Action Plan and help us improve pollinator health in the province. Your feedback will be considered by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs when we report back to the public with a final Action Plan in spring/summer of 2016.”

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NEWS RELEASE

Province Seeking Public Input on Improving Pollinator Health

Ontario Taking Action to Reduce Pollinator Losses

January 22, 2016 1:00 P.M.

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario is seeking public feedback on a draft action plan to improve pollinator health and reduce pollinator losses.

Pollinators, including honey bees, are essential to Ontario’s agricultural sector and contribute approximately $992 million worth of economic activity annually to the economy. The province became the first jurisdiction in North America to protect bees and other pollinators through new rules introduced on July 1, 2015, to reduce the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seeds by 80 per cent by 2017. Read more of Ontario’s Draft Plan to Improve Pollinator Health & Reduce Pollinator Losses: Send Your Comments before March 7, 2016

Top 10 Tips for a Greener Holiday in Ontario, Canada: Make Environmentally Friendly Choices to Help Fight Climate Change & Keep Ontario’s Air, Land & Water Clean

The following video presents Together We Can Change Climate Change:

“Ontario is a world leader in fighting climate change.

Alongside our global partners, we’re making a difference. Ontario is building transit friendly cities to cut down on vehicle emissions and helping businesses reduce their carbon footprint. And perhaps most importantly, we’ve ended coal-fired electricity generation in the province.

Together we can change climate change.

Learn more about what Ontario’s doing to fight climate change at ontario.ca/climatechange

A descriptive transcript for this video is available by visiting the following link:”

http://media.ontarionewsroom.com/desc…

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NEWS RELEASE

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rejoice!

Top 10 Tips for a Greener Holiday


Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Help keep this holiday season merry and bright by making environmentally friendly choices to help fight climate change and keep Ontario’s air, land, and water clean.

  • Choose energy-efficient holiday lights and put them on timers to save on electricity bills.
  • Reduce waste by sending holiday greeting cards electronically, or pick cards printed on recycled paper.
  • Choose a real, Ontario-grown Christmas tree from a local tree farm or retailer.
  • Make your holiday travel as green and safe as possible. Carpool or take public transit to holiday parties. If you have to fly over the holidays, consider purchasing carbon offsets.
  • Make your festive dinners environmentally friendly while supporting local businesses. Choose from Ontario’s wide range of local foods available in December.
  • Shop local or buy gifts made from Ontario wood or recycled non-toxic plastic.
  • Keep batteries out of landfills by giving gifts that don’t need batteries. If you need batteries, make them rechargeable.
  • Get creative with your wrapping. Reuse paper from household items like calendars, newspapers and fabric or decorate brown craft paper that can go in the Blue Box. Reuse your wrapping paper for other holiday decorating.
  • Buy gifts with less packaging, and recycle when you can.
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bags to stores.

Quick Facts Read more of Top 10 Tips for a Greener Holiday in Ontario, Canada: Make Environmentally Friendly Choices to Help Fight Climate Change & Keep Ontario’s Air, Land & Water Clean

Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Will Attend the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21, November 30 – December 11: To “work with our international partners on the adoption of an effective climate change agreement and in the transformation towards a low-carbon, climate resilient global economy”

The following video presents COP21/CMP11 official video (English subtitles):

“In 2015, France will be hosting and presiding the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11), otherwise known as “Paris 2015” which will take place in Paris-Le Bourget from 30th of November to 11th of December 2015.”

www.cop21.gouv.fr/en

The Rio Earth Summit in 1992 (the ‘Rio Convention’) included the adoption of UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

  • This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to avoid “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”
  • The UNFCCC now has a near-universal membership of 195 parties.

The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention’s implementation.

  • In 2015 COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

France will play a leading international role in hosting this seminal conference, and COP21 will be one of the largest international conferences ever held in the country.

  • The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society.
This "is an infographic on some of the key commitments that have already been put forward by countries and territories in advance of COP21, along with a breakdown of the main business impacts, and what companies can do to prepare for the outcomes of the conference." Infographic by ecometrica.com at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business . Please click on the image for a larger version.

This “is an infographic on some of the key commitments that have already been put forward by countries and territories in advance of COP21, along with a breakdown of the main business impacts, and what companies can do to prepare for the outcomes of the conference.” Infographic by ecometrica.com at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business . Please click on the image for a larger version.

For more detailed information on COP21, what it’s all about and what it means for private sector companies, you can download ecometrica.com’s FREE paper at http://ecometrica.com/article/what-does-cop21-mean-for-business, entitled Paris Climate Conference: What’s at stake for businesses at the COP21?

  • Authored by Sandy Gain, Climate Change Analyst at Ecometrica, the paper goes into further detail about what’s at stake for businesses, gives some great examples of existing corporate projects, and explains how a new CDP framework can help businesses move towards a low-carbon economy.

News Release Environment and Climate Change Canada

Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister to take part in key meeting before Paris climate conference

Canada’s participation in the Pre-COP ministerial meeting underscores the importance of international collaboration in achieving climate change agreement
Read more of Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Will Attend the 2015 Paris Climate Conference COP21, November 30 – December 11: To “work with our international partners on the adoption of an effective climate change agreement and in the transformation towards a low-carbon, climate resilient global economy”

Toronto Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation: Your Input at Meeting Mar.2, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Climate Change Strategy Discussion Paper for Ontario, Canada: Consultations in Feb. & March + Submit Your Comments by March 29, 2015.

This video presents Al Gore speech on climate change & environment in Toronto, Ontario.

  • Al Gore speech at the Mars Discovery District in Toronto, Ontario.

Due to the problem of Climate Change, the City of Toronto has established a goal of greenhouse gas emission reductions of 80% by 2050.

  • Toronto’s reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions, from the 1990 levels of approximately 22 million tonnes per year city-wide, are:
    • 6 percent by 2012 (1,320,000 tonnes per year),
    • 30 percent by 2020 (6,600,000 tonnes per year),
    • 80 percent by 2050 (17,600,000 tonnes per year.

The First Meeting

March 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Toronto City Hall, Council Chambers
100 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Contact Carol Kaustinen at pec@toronto.ca, 416-338-5089

  • The first meeting will set a Terms of Reference for the Committee.
  • You can help them by either submitting written comments or delivering a deputation in person at the meeting.
  • For more details on how to participate, please contact Carol Kaustinen at pec@toronto.ca, 416-338-5089 or visit the City’s Clerk’s website.

To assist you in preparing your submission, Toronto asks you to consider the following questions:

  1. The Subcommittee will make recommendations to the Parks & Environment Committee based on research and community engagement. By the end of the Subcommittee’s term – December 31, 2016 – what do you feel the Subcommittee should have accomplished and/or created?
  2. How would you or your group like to be involved and engaged in the Subcommittee’s work?

Please click here for more info about Toronto’s action on climate change and the city’s related reports.

PRESS RELEASE

12-Feb-2015

Toronto residents invited to the first meeting of the City’s climate change subcommittee

Residents are invited to attend the first meeting of the City of Toronto Parks and Environment Committee’s Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation on March 2.

Recognizing the importance of climate change, the City established the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by 2050.

The subcommittee will make recommendations to the Parks & Environment Committee to help achieve that goal based on research and community engagement. Read more of Toronto Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation: Your Input at Meeting Mar.2, 2015

Climate Change Strategy Discussion Paper for Ontario, Canada: Consultations in Feb. & March + Submit Your Comments by March 29, 2015

This video presents Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.

Ontario recently released a climate change discussion paper (pdf) and invites citizens, businesses and communities to share ideas about how to “successfully fight climate change while fostering economic growth and keeping our businesses competitive.”

Minister’s Message

Climate change is the critical issue of our time. Two numbers that are vital for Ontarians to be aware of: 4, the number of degrees in this century that the planet is on track to warm by, and 6, the number, in trillions of dollars of new economic growth that will result from moving to a low-carbon economy.

A 4 degree increase in the mean temperature of our planet will have catastrophic consequences. Severe weather events are already driving up insurance costs and severely damaging our infrastructure. Food security and costs will be an early problem as climate change impacts where our food is grown and affects our water supply.

Climate change is a problem with a solution. Reducing our carbon emissions will produce a new innovation economy in Ontario. Building on our early leadership in sustainable technology and innovation, Ontario is well positioned to seize the opportunities of a low-carbon economy if we are prepared to take bold action.

Reducing our energy costs through the establishment of new building standards, and the use of new technologies, will enable us to reduce the emissions from our homes.

Moving to low-carbon and zero emission transportation options will allow us to move to and from our homes and jobs more efficiently, while improving the air we breathe and growing our manufacturing sector.

The new low-carbon economy will mean more and better jobs. It will avoid an environmental crisis and secure our future as a global green service and industrial economy leader.

We have already made great strides by eliminating coal power generation in Ontario, strengthening our building code, and beginning to electrify GO transit, but there is much more that must be done. We know we can do this and your participation in developing this strategy is essential to our success.

Glen Murray
Minister of the Environment and Climate Change
Ontario’s Climate Change Discussion Paper 2015
http://www.downloads.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/env_reg/er/documents/2015/012-3452.pdf

Figure 1 shows that in the absence of new actions, we expect Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to begin to rise again as our economy and population grow. The illustrative wedges emphasise the importance of taking action early as delays take us further from our targets.

Figure 1 shows that in the absence of new actions, we expect Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions to begin to rise again as our economy and population grow. The illustrative wedges emphasise the importance of taking action early as delays take us further from our targets.

The discussion paper’s purposes are as follows.

  • It identifies the climate change challenge, the risks and threats it poses to Ontario’s environment, economy and way of life.
  • This discussion paper suggests actions that encourage individuals, businesses, government and communities to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).
Figure 3 shows the sectors responsible for greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. Ontario’s 2012 GHG emissions are estimated to be 167 Mt. The transportation sector had the largest share of emissions, followed by the industrial and buildings sectors. It also focuses the mind on how to change current behaviours. It is important to note that this pie chart only captures emissions and does not reflect the important role and value of carbon sinks in removing carbon from the atmosphere, for example in the forestry and agricultural sectors.

Figure 3 shows the sectors responsible for greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. Ontario’s 2012 GHG emissions are estimated to be 167 Mt. The transportation sector had the largest share of emissions, followed by the industrial and buildings sectors. It also focuses the mind on how to change current behaviours. It is important to note that this pie chart only captures emissions and does not reflect the important role and value of carbon sinks in removing carbon from the atmosphere, for example in the forestry and agricultural sectors.

  • Also, the paper presents considerations for Ontario’s approach to addressing climate change over the short and long term. “There are various tools at our disposal including carbon pricing and climate critical policy areas.”
Globally, 39 national and 23 sub-national jurisdictions have implemented or are scheduled to implement carbon pricing instruments, including emissions trading systems and taxes. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/05/28/state-trends-report-tracks-global-growth-carbon-pricing

Globally, 39 national and 23 sub-national jurisdictions have implemented or are scheduled to implement carbon pricing instruments, including emissions trading systems and taxes. http://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2014/05/28/state-trends-report-tracks-global-growth-carbon-pricing

  • And it asks important questions to:
    • help inform a comprehensive climate change strategy and action plan, to be released later this year, and
    • determine which initiatives and programs currently underway are the most effective in reducing emissions and building resilience in order for Ontario to meet its emissions targets and adaptation goals.

This discussion paper invites comments through a series of questions at the end of the paper.

  • Your answers will help inform a climate change strategy and action plan to be released in 2015.

This document will be posted to the Environmental Bill of Rights for a 45 day comment period.

  • This proposal has been posted for a 45 day public review and comment period starting February 12, 2015.
  • If you have any questions, or would like to submit your comments, please do so by March 29, 2015 to:
    • Kathy Hering
      Senior Policy Analyst
      Ministry of the Environment
      Climate Change and Environmental Policy Division
      Air Policy and Climate Change Branch
      77 Wellesley Street West
      Floor 10
      Toronto Ontario
      M7A2T5
      Phone: (416) 326-8092
  • Additionally, you may submit your comments on-line at http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/displaynoticecontent.do?noticeId=MTI0Mzcz&statusId=MTg3MjY0&language=en
  • All comments received prior to March 29, 2015 will be considered as part of the decision-making process by the Ministry of the Environment if they are submitted in writing or electronically using the form provided in the notice at http://www.ebr.gov.on.ca/ERS-WEB-External/searchComment.do?actionType=add&noticeId=MTI0Mzcz&statusId=MTg3MjY0&noticeHeaderIdString=MTI0Mzcz and reference EBR Registry number 012-3452.
  • Please Note: All comments and submissions received will become part of the public record. You will not receive a formal response to your comment, however, relevant comments received as part of the public participation process for this proposal will be considered by the decision maker for this proposal.

During and after that time, focused discussions, town halls meetings and stakeholder forums will be organized to ensure that the themes and approach are considered from a number of stakeholder perspectives.

You should consider and provide your perspective to the following questions. The questions are organized along these five themes: Read more of Climate Change Strategy Discussion Paper for Ontario, Canada: Consultations in Feb. & March + Submit Your Comments by March 29, 2015