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We did it!

The Region of Waterloo and its 7 area municipalities have all endorsed the TransformWR Climate Action Strategy & set an interim GHG reduction target of 50% by 2030. This is huge!

Thank you to everyone who supported the work that helped our region set this ambitious target. Let’s take a moment to celebrate what has been accomplished by aiming high, grounding our work in climate science and equity, and by working together. 

About 50x30WR

50x30WR is a grassroots, community-led campaign advocating for Waterloo Region to commit to a 50% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030, in line with the imperatives of climate science and centering social justice and well-being. This campaign builds on the public commitment made by regional municipalities in 2019 by declaring a climate emergency, recognizing the existential risks posed by climate change globally and here in Waterloo Region. This emergency, like the pandemic, is already impacting on public health and well-being and demands our shared urgency and attention. 50x30WR aims to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic through a just, green recovery that centres human well-being and innovation, building towards a socially just, sustainable and climate-smart Waterloo Region together.

A brief article profiling our campaign in more detail can be found here. Now is the time for ambition to protect our shared futures, and build a more sustainable Waterloo Region! Reach out to get involved and to become a 50x30 Champion today.

Community support for 50by30 in Waterloo Region

Community members from across Waterloo region share their endorsement of the region-wide campaign for a 50% emissions reduction target by 2030 (50by30) in line with climate science and centring social justice. Watch a collection of these voices and more, sharing their endorsement for the campaign here.

Alex Latta, Associate professor, Wilfrid Laurier University

Nicola Jane Thomas,

Grand River Food Forestry

Jim Stewart, Chair, Waterloo Region Health Coalition

Shalini Kathirgamanathan, Graduating Student, UW

Lesley Johnston, 

Student Organizer, Fossil Free UW

Michelle Angkasa, Community Organizer, Our Time KW

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700+ cities in 53 countries now committed to do their fair share to halve emissions

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We acknowledge that 50x30WR is working on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee, Anishnawbe and Neutral Peoples. We recognize the deep intersections between climate justice and Indigenous rights and justice, with a commitment to doing our part to ensure Indigenous sovereignty and leadership is centred in the fight for a safe climate future.