Three GTA Ridings Added for Climate Change Push: Campaign calls on parents to use their voices now to protect children’s future
Toronto – Mississauga Erindale, Parkdale High Park, and Oak Ridges Markham have been selected for non-partisan voter engagement in advance a critical international climate change meeting in December. The ridings are expected to be among those that will be close races in the next federal election, whenever it is called. About a dozen such ridings will be selected as part of this initiative, with others in London and Southern Ontario already announced.
“Because of voting patterns, voters in these ridings have a key role to play in whether Canada becomes a leader on clean energy,” said Matt Price, Project Manager with Environmental Defence. “We’ll be encouraging them, regardless of their political views, to use their voice to tell Ottawa to catch up to other countries who are taking stronger action on climate change.”
The campaign will use door to door outreach in key neighbourhoods calling on parents to use their voice today so that their kids don’t inherit a difficult future that is not of their doing. A door hanger with a child’s rendition of a wind turbine will greet those who are not home, with a tear-off postcard addressed to the local Member of Parliament.
“Parents move mountains to give our kids the best chance at a good life,” said Price. “This is the time for them to come together to move Ottawa to change course so that our kids don’t inherit the insecurity that will come with a deteriorating atmosphere.”
While Environmental Defence will spearhead the GTA push, other groups will come forward in other ridings across Ontario and the country. Over the past days, London West, London Fanshawe, Kitchener Centre, Kitchener Waterloo and Halton were put on the list.
About Environmental Defence: Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. We research solutions. We educate. We go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, clean water and thriving ecosystems nationwide, and to bring a halt to Canada’s contribution to climate change.
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)