Climate Action: What Can You Do? Some thoughts from Carrie Tai, co-founder of Neighbours for the Planet.

2 min to read

The federal election is just around the corner.  We need to elect a leader that is going to tackle the climate crisis with the urgency that is required.

According to the October 2018 report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we have 12 years to cut our carbon emissions in half. That was last fall.  After this election, we will be left with 11 years.

The next Prime Minister of Canada will have the power to shape our country for 4 out of the 11 years we have left!  We must choose wisely. 

In fact the Secretary General of the United Nations stated “if we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all natural systems that sustain us”.   

We need to elect a leader that is a real champion of climate change, and sees it as an opportunity to ensure the solutions are universal and far reaching, that we make all our communities healthier, and that we lift us all, leaving no one behind!  

The climate crisis is the most urgent threat facing humanity.  It affects each one of us and each one of us can and MUST do our part to reduce its impact.  

What Can You Do?

Volunteering for a non-profit organization that is working to elect a climate champion is a great way to take action. Leadnow is one such organization.  

Below is information by Leadnow about their initiative to help promote the best leader to take us forward on climate change.

For the first time in Canadian history, climate is the top priority during a federal election. That means we have a historic opportunity to make this election a turning point, by challenging parties and candidates to put forward their boldest solutions to the climate crisis, and helping elect “climate champions” who will make a true Green New Deal their top priority in the next Parliament.

Here's the climate reality:

  • According to science and indigenous knowledge, we are running out of time to deal with the climate crisis.
  • If we’re going to tackle the climate crisis, we need bolder, more ambitious action from our political leaders. We need a massive transition to slash emissions -- and we need to make sure that no one gets left behind. That means making sure that as we transition we’re creating green jobs, respecting Indigenous rights, and welcoming climate refugees into our communities - a Green New Deal for Canada.
  • This is going to be the fight of our lives, and our only hope of winning is to build people power on a massive scale. We’re up against billionaire corporations and powerful rightwing politicians. If we’re going to win, it’s going to take a massive movement. To change everything, we need everyone - including you.
  • We have a plan this election to put climate at the top of the agenda; raise the ambitions of the political parties; and put a stop to the oil-lobby's agenda. You can get the full details of our plan by watching our intro webinar, found HERE..


If you're ready to take action and be one of the people making a difference in this historic moment, fill out the simple form at https://act.leadnow.ca/ClimateChampions2019/ and plug into Leadnow's growing movement for real climate justice and a Green New Deal - while there's still time.

A lot of people feel hopeless and don’t know what they can do about the climate crisis.  Volunteering is a great way to turn feelings of helplessness into action and feel empowered as well as surround yourself with like-minded people.

Neighbours for the Planet comprises of a group of concerned neighbours wanting to spark a change.  The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 Degrees Celsius made us realize the gravity of the Climate Crisis and that immediate action is required.

Their Mission:

  • To educate ourselves about sustainable lifestyle practices and incorporate them into our daily lives.
  • To promote and encourage these practices within our local community and connect with other like-minded people.
  • On a wider scale, with our community, influence our elected officials to adopt policies that address the urgent issue of climate change.

Sign up for weekly emails on Upcoming Events and Climate News at www.neighboursfortheplanet.ca .

For more information about what you can do to help take action on the Climate Crisis, email Carrie Tai at [email protected]