About Us

MobilizeTO is a volunteer-based group, established in 2017, as the Toronto chapter of The Climate Mobilization. It works towards mobilizing citizens, politicians, communities and groups to take action against climate change. We have a strong record of acting to influence public policy through initiatives and campaigns.

Vision

Our vision is a safe climate, democratic society, and just emergency where all communities and living world flourish for generations to come.

Photo Credit: Joshua Best
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Mission

MobilizeTO's mission is to have Toronto’s Climate Emergency Declaration achieve real zero emissions by 2030 by mobilizing citizens, politicians, communities and groups.

Photo Credit: Dru Oja Jay

Impact

Here is what we have accomplished so far to combat the effects of the climate crisis:

  1. We initiated discussions with Councillor Layton on declaring a climate emergency which led to the collaboration with other climate action groups.  The end result was unanimous adoption of the Climate Emergency Declaration by City Council in October 2019.
  2. After working with people from the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, we instigated discussions with other climate action groups which resulted in the endorsement of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty by Toronto City Council in June 2021.

News

Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign Rally

MobilizeTO works with many other environmental groups to lobby and advocate for urgent environmental action. Recently we endorsed the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign (OCEC) [add link to OCEC website] a nonpartisan group which promotes awareness on the Climate Crisis. They have developed a 12 point plan to bring Ontario’s targets in line with our Paris Commitments, and to work towards environmental sustainability. MobilizeTO supports this plan [we can add later how we plan to support the Plan or what actions we plan to take to help to achieve these goals, if any]

Toronto Endorses Fossil Fuel Non-proliferation Treaty!

MobilizeTO, in co-operation with ClimateFast, Fridays4FutureTO, and other Toronto climate action groups conducted a successful campaign to obtain endorsement of Toronto City Council of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty. More than 1000 Petitions were presented to City Hall and the resolution, presented by Michal Layton, and seconded by Shelly Carroll was adopted by a vote of 22-2 on July 15, 2021. A historic day for Toronto!

Progress Achieved With Building Retrofits

July 14th, 2021 Toronto Council adopted a new Green Standard to accelerate energy-efficient building retrofits – another initiative that MobilizeTO had lobbied for through many letters and phone calls to Councillors. The new policies will help reduce emissions from housing as all new construction must meet net zero standards, while retrofitting existing City building stock. In future, all new structures will also be required to have electric vehicle charging and active transportation infrastructure.

History of the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Campaign in Toronto

In October 2020, MobilizeTO contacted Michael Poland from the Treaty team. In November and December, our group spoke to Stand.earth Safe Cities coordinator, and Seth Klein.  Folowing those meetings, in December, a presentation was made at one of Toronto Climate Action Network's (TCAN) meetings, followed by an invitation to TCAN members to participate in a planning meeting. Initial response was slow, but MobilizeTO continued to push forward trying to get groups to support the Treaty.

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