We are a community of parents, grandparents and families who have come together to tackle the climate emergency by participating in family-friendly activism activities.
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In 2021, we are working on
A. Holding the City of Ottawa Accountable on their declaration of a Climate Emergency 2 years ago. We will be sending Earth Day cards and putting up pop-up art around Ottawa to bring attention to decisions our council has made that does not put Climate First (Or email us to help with planning)
B. Strengthening Canada's Net Zero Climate Accountability Plan (Bill C-12) - Sign our submission to the standing committee and other actions.
C. Hosting a webinar on Land Use Planning in Ottawa on April 27th https://www.forourkids.ca/land_use_101
D. Keeping an eye on the Ontario government's ongoing destruction of greenspace and promotion of sprawl (through Ministerial Zoning Orders and fast tracking Highway 413). We formed a collaboration with other groups to Stand for the Land
Here are some of our past actions:
- Read up about key women of colour who have been leading climate change across the world as part of our Black History Feature. We will also be working on a submission to ensure Bill 230, Canada's plan for evaluating Environmental Racism becomes law.
- Inspiring parents to provide feedback to the city of Ottawa's Official Plan so that it better prepares our city to combat and mitigate climate change.
- We called on MPPs across Ontario to oppose proposed changes to the Conservation Authorities Act that undermine the role of Conservation Authorities in watershed planning and management by using this “news article from the future”. We further sent in comments to express our disappointment in the current changes to Ministerial Zoning Orders
- We sent an open letter to Ottawa City Council on Nov. 3, encouraging them to take bold action during budget deliberations to dedicate clear funding for action to mitigate climate change, and emphasized the message with a pop-up art installation "Our children's future is worth investing in" at Commissioner's Park Nov. 17-19.
- This action is a follow up to a successful collaborative effort over the summer to change Ottawa City Council's minds about cutting funding to the Energy Evolution plan. More background on this issue here.
- We worked with groups across Canada as part of the January Day of Action to hold our banks accountable and tell them they need to stop investing in new fossil fuel projects. This is an ongoing project, so if you still haven't contacted your bank, do it this week!
We recommend reading The Parents' Guide to Climate Revolution by Mary DeMocker. Please join us!