Toronto City Council's emissions reduction targets are documented in the TransformTO plan (pdf). These targets are based on Toronto's 1990 emissions: 30% by 2020; 65% by 2030; Net zero by 2050, or sooner. In the Paris Agreement, Canada pledged to aim to keep global temperature increases well below 2 degrees C and to aim to keep them below 1.5 degrees C.

According to the IPCC for a likely chance of remaining around 1.5oC the global carbon budget is 420 GtCO2e,

Toronto's share of the global population is 0.03% so the population-share of the global carbon budget is approximately 160 MtCO2e and will be exceeded by 2033.

Toronto's share of global emissons is 0.05% so the emissions-share of the global carbon budget is 260 MtCO2e and will be exceeded by 2042.

The chart below was generated by Climate Action Now and the calculations that generated it (and others) can be examined here.

 

Emergency in Ontario: Rally for Climate, Communities and Nature!

Date: Saturday, May 14th
Time: 1-3:30 pm
Location: Queen’s Park, 111 Wellesley St West (south lawn), Toronto 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/557419048938469/
Webpage: https://environmentaldefence.ca/emergency-in-ontario-rally/ 
 

Ontario’s environment is under threat.  

Greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise again, protections for nature are being dismantled, and mega projects are encroaching on communities. 

This spring we have a chance to choose another path - one that prioritizes people and the planet. 

In the lead up to the provincial election, show your support for a flourishing, low-carbon Ontario that offers good green jobs, prioritizes our collective health, and respects Indigenous rights. 

Let’s come together and make it clear that we want a government that will take immediate action to bring down emissions, protect biodiversity, and build sustainable communities.

You’ll also hear a range of inspiring speakers and performers!  

Names will be announced soon.  

This is a family friendly event. 

Accessibility info will be added shortly.

Please bring signs!

Here are some ways to get more involved: 

  • Outreach - to your networks and lists. Please find social media images and scripts at this link.
  • Poster or Leaflet - printable files are here. Let us know in the Outreach support form if members of your group want training or to join coordinated outreach events.
  • Volunteer or Marshal on the day! Sign up here.

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Rally hosted by Environmental Defence, Climate Voice, David Suzuki Foundation, Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign, Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, (CAPE) - Ontario, Climate Fast, For Our Kids Toronto, Greenpeace Canada, Ontario Public Service Employees Union - Greater Toronto Area Council (OPSEU GTAC), Seniors For Climate Action Now!, Music Declares Emergency Canada, Toronto350, Water Watchers

For more information and a up to date list of hosts and endorsers, please visit the May 14 event website at environmentaldefence.ca/emergency-in-ontario-rally

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Latest Campaign - Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

THE FOSSIL FUEL NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (FFNPT) is a global initiative to halt the expansion and production of fossil fuels and to fast-track progress towards safer, more sustainable solutions.

Modeled after the 1968 treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons – it is constructed around the same three pillars: non-proliferation (an agreement not to exploit new reserves), disarmament (the managed decline of fossil fuels and their infrastructure) and peaceful transition (a just and peaceful transition to renewables and the financing of low carbon energy alternatives to developing countries through a global transition fund).

For More information about the Treaty and Endorsement

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!

THE FOSSIL FUEL NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (FFNPT) is a global initiative to halt the expansion and production of fossil fuels and to fast-track progress towards safer, more sustainable solutions. (See Resources for more information on the Treaty and why it is urgently needed).

Toronto now joins Vancouver as the second Canadian city to endorse the Treaty as well as Barcelona, Los Angeles and a growing number of other municipalities. In addition to the endorsement the City of Toronto will also urge the Canadian
Government to begin negotiations for a global treaty.

 

PROGRESS ACHIEVED WITH BUILDING RETROFITS – July 14th 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.