#Yes2ClimateYEG

We’re starting a movement. 

Ask Edmonton City Council to say #Yes2ClimateYEG.

Read more about our campaign and share your story on how decisive climate action is good for you, good for your livelihood, and good for your lifestyle. It’s personal.

Jason | Queen Alexandra

I want to live in a city whose civic leadership teams, through thoughtful design (services, built form) and investment, help me minimize the negative impact I have on the environment. It helps me keep the air and water clean. It helps me lower my pollution and CO2 emissions. Makes it safer and easier to walk and bike all year long. A city where more environmentally friendly transportation takes precedence. A city that helps me use less plastic, and actually reuse and recycle stuff too. A city designed to make household composting an easy part of daily life. A city that preserves more river valley and parkland from development, and enhances them with thoughtful access to recreation and exploration opportunities. A city where parks have orchards. Where we plant more indigenous Alberta flora.

A city that creates new green standards for the built form. For example, all new homes and commercial developments have solar power. Increased middle density. Far off suburbs are properly costed and taxed accordingly. Neighborhood transportation always includes large sidewalks and protected bike lanes. More small scale retail hubs in neighborhoods, too, so I can walk or bike to get food and every day items.

Who can’t get excited by a city that looks like this??

Stephen | Queen Alexandra

Climate change is this big scary process that we aren’t doing enough about. This fact inhibits our imagination. We feel hopeless, like we can’t do anything. Why bother?

But doing nothing at all is, as a matter of fact, much worse! When we realistically evaluate our fears, we start to think outside of the box. Everything is on the table, anything is possible!

I know the City of Edmonton can achieve bold goals. Our community is made up of hard-working and enterprising individuals who care for their neighbours. We have the ingredients for success. So let’s face the facts and shake shit up!

Ashley | Newton

Oftentimes, climate action and sound economic policy are presented as oppositional in nature. This is a false dichotomy. A climate resilient city is a fiscally responsible city. A climate resilient city is an efficient, prosperous, and healthy city. It’s a city that can deliver both a high quality of life and lower cost of living. Focusing on systemic change and committing to climate action at the municipal level will create opportunities for Edmontonians to choose more sustainable lifestyles that meet their evolving needs. Although Covid-19 has had devastating effects, Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy will create jobs, diversify our economy, and open the door to a more just and sustainable future.

Raquel | Riverdale

I know that the city can be a leader and galvanize every citizen to work collaboratively to build a stronger more inclusive responsible and just society. A society that operates within the planetary boundaries leaving no one behind. With the CETS we can hit all 17 SDGs and stay within our carbon budget. We need to work in the spirit of goal 17, it will take everyone.

Jeff | Strathcona

I believe a lot of people are hesitant about taking real action on climate change because they think it will hurt, either by harming the economy, increasing taxes, or limiting our freedom to do things we like. My personal experience is very different. I have chosen to reduce my carbon footprint by super energy retrofitting my home, consuming less stuff, going car free for a few years, and by staying closer to home for some of my time off. These changes have saved me money and allowed me to work less, giving me more free time and a much better quality of life overall. I believe that if we embrace sustainability on a city scale we will learn the same lessons. Being smart about our consumption and choosing a more circular economy (less waste, more energy and resource efficiency) will make our lives better and won’t hurt at all. Our city will cost less to maintain in the long run and our lives will be more pleasant (more self propulsion in the fresh [and clean] air, for example). So friends, lets get to it, a sustainable city is a smart city that will be a joy to live in!

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