The time is now!
Support 50by30 at the upcoming council meetings across Waterloo region this June! The TransformWR Climate Action Strategy is now going before local councils across the region for final approval. That Strategy has been years in the making, informed by extensive consultation with community and industry stakeholders, and encourages transformative change to reduce emissions and take bold action on climate change across our region. This is our community’s collective opportunity to support this local Strategy AND call on local governments to be powerful advocates to the provincial and federal governments to secure the additional resources we need to cut local emissions in half by 2030, in line with climate science (50by30)
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
Student Organizer, Fossil Free UW
Michelle Angkasa, Community Organizer, Our Time KW
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