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Climate emergency declarations now cover 290 million citizens

Climate emergency declarations have been adopted in 1,180 jurisdictions and local governments, covering 290 million citizens. Full list and how-to at https://climateemergencydeclaration.org/climate-emergency-declarations-cover-15-million-citizens/

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Some updates

Dear friends, As you may have noticed, I'm giving even more climate talks now than I did as the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, with no staff to help me. The public response is amazing, thank you - see some comments...

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Living Underwater

Don't miss Living Underwater, Jewish essays and art about coping with the #ClimateCrisis, a beautiful, thoughtful on-line zine. Yes, it includes my article about what we can learn about the #ClimateCrisis from the ancient story of Pharaoh and the 10...

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Turning parking spots into bike lanes: Seville did it

Want low carbon public transportation infrastructure that's fast and cheap to build? Learn from Seville. #SafeBikeLanes

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Court tobacco decision may set precedent for cases against fossil fuel companies

Extreme weather events, made more likely by the climate crisis, are costing Canada’s insurance companies heavily. Severe weather cost insurers $1.9 billion in 2018. But that’s not the only reason insurers should worry about global heating. In February 2019, Canada’s Office...

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Urban Sprawl: Ontario’s Oil Sands

Urban sprawl creates congestion, drives our air and climate pollution and destroys wetlands, woodlands and farmland. It worsens our climate crisis, and so one of the best things municipalities can do is to stop urban sprawl. Here are the slides...

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What I told the Toronto climate rally Sept. 27

Many people have asked for notes of my rousing talk at Friday's climate rally in Toronto, in front of Queen's Park. So here they are. Does anyone have a better photo? "I am so proud to see you all here...

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Introduction to Carbon Pricing

Want an introduction to #CarbonPricing? Here are the slides from my introductory talk. 

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10 principles for the transition to a green economy

Given the climate emergency, can Canadians overcome the political obstacles to dramatically reducing our dependence on fossil fuels? by Dianne Saxe As an environmental lawyer and the former environmental commissioner of Ontario, I have spent 45 years at Canada’s battlefront...

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Improving climate governance for corporations

Free advice on improving climate governance is now available to corporate directors and Canadian pension plan boards as part of the Canada Climate Law Initiative. #corporategovernance #climatecrisis Details from Joanne Forbes or at http://ccli.ubc.ca.

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Youth Climate Action Summit is a go for Sept. 22

What: Youth Climate Action Summit When: Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. Where: Friends Meeting House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto (near St. George Station) Who should attend?  Young climate leaders (approximately ages 16-22), whether you're an experienced...

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Why Toronto should sue oil/coal companies for climate damage

Prof. Estair Van Wagner, of Osgoode Hall Law School, wrote an excellent summary, absolutely worth reading. Great to see how she built on some of my work as the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.  

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Youth climate action summit

Do you have a skill that young climate leaders need? Are you willing to teach it in a free 90 minute workshop? Together with Climate Fast and the Sandbox Project, The Children’s Advocate, Irwin Elman, and I are organizing a...

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Corporate boards: climate disclosure and climate liability

Canadian companies aren’t doing much about the climate crisis. Are they ignoring the science? The regulators? Or the risk of liability? The science is beyond reasonable doubt. Canada is heating up twice as fast as the global average. Wildfires are increasing,...

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Why is Elections Canada preventing environmental charities from telling the truth about the climate crisis during this fall’s election, where it is a critical issue?

Why is Elections Canada preventing environmental charities from telling the truth about the climate crisis during this fall’s election, where it is a critical issue? Elections Canada’s job is to run elections that are fair and trustworthy, so that the...

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100 Environmental Debates Oct. 7

On October 7th, 2019, 100 all-candidate Debates on the Environment will be taking place in ridings across the country. These debates, which are being hosted by local organizations and leaders across sectors, offer a non-partisan forum to bring voters together in their communities to hear...

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Horrifying human rights report should shame Ontario government

Horrifying UN Human Rights Council report delivered June 28 on the impact of our #ClimateEmergency: “We have reached a point where the best-case outcome is widespread #death and suffering by the end of this century, and the worst-case puts humanity...

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No, Ontario hasn’t already done enough

A reader writes: "Is everyone as confused as I am?Is it true that Ontario is doing better than the 'rest of Canada' since 2005? Emissions down 22%?" Dear faithful reader, Thank you so much for asking. Ontario is a big...

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Sarnia declares climate emergency

Sarnia, the home of Ontario's Chemical Valley and a major petrochemical industry hub, declared a climate emergency yesterday, the very day that the Canadian House of Commons did the same. It's a great first step. Now, what about action?

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Ontario paying more for less

Amazing how expensive the Ontario PC climate plan is to achieve so little. Nearly three times the cost for 1/3 the result, per expert analysis by Enviroeconomics.

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McMurtry Fellowship

I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded the McMurtry Visiting Clinical Fellowship 2019/20 by Osgoode Hall Law School, in collaboration with the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. I will be giving guest lectures, mentoring students...

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Climate emergency presentation now freely available

A full video of my climate emergency presentation is now available, free of charge, with deep thanks to filmmaker Kathy Garneau, and to the host of this presentation, St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto. Please encourage others to...

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Why I support climate emergency declarations

This letter is to express my strong support for the proposed climate emergency declaration by the City of Greater Sudbury. As a result of the largest scientific collaboration in human history, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the climate crisis...

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Who’s declared a climate emergency?

It is exciting to see so many large and small Canadian municipalities joining others around the world to declare climate emergencies. Of the 594 declarations reported, 398 come from Canada. This includes 366 in Quebec including Quebec City and Montreal,...

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Text of the Hamilton Climate Emergency Declaration

Here is the text of Hamilton's Climate Emergency Declaration, unanimously adopted March 27, 2019: City of Hamilton's Climate Emergency Declaration Unanimously adopted March 27, 2019 (a) That the City of Hamilton declare a climate emergency that threatens our city, region,...

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Municipal Climate Emergency Declarations

Hats off to Kingston, Hamilton and West Nipissing for adopting municipal climate emergency declarations. (My deep thanks to everyone who made this possible.) They join Vancouver, Halifax, Edmonston and hundreds of Quebec municipalities. The next step is to turn the...

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Climate changes everything webinar

The Council of Canadians hosted a very successful webinar on April 11 to explore the climate emergency and what Ontarians can do, individually and collectively. We discussed carbon pricing, energy conservation and stopping urban sprawl. The slides are here: 2019-04-11...

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Why is Canada warming faster than global average?

Canada is getting warmer faster than the rest of the world. Why is that? | CBC News asked me for answers.

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Thank you to Hamilton and North Bay!

Thank you to the large, enthusiastic audiences in both Hamilton and North Bay who came out to learn together how to respond to the urgency of climate change this week. And thank you to Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jim...

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Environmental Commissioner of Ontario reports and presentations are still available, just harder to find.

This post includes all my reports and presentations during my role as the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario.

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