An Open Call to Toronto City Council: Declare a Climate Emergency and Commit to Accelerated Action

More than 50 community organizations sent an open call to Toronto City Council to declare a climate emergency and commit to accelerated action on climate change.

"We, concerned organizations, call on Toronto Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Council to formally declare a climate emergency. Furthermore, we call on you to commit to, and rapidly implement, clear and specific actions to reduce emissions in the near-term and protect residents—especially those most at risk—from climate-related harms while making critical investments to maximize the health, environmental, social, and economic benefits of a transition to a zero-carbon city."

The organizations are calling on the City to commit to 20 specific actions to reduce greenhouse emissions and to bring social and economic benefits to communities, including:

  1. Recognize the climate emergency
  2. Strengthen climate targets and reporting
  3. Adequately fund climate action
  4. Build equity and inclusion in climate action 
  5. Ensure a just economic transition 
  6. Establish structures for meaningful resident participation


TAKE ACTION: Contact your City Councillor and the Mayor and urge them to declare a climate emergency with real commitments to accelerate climate action.


Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario
Anglican Diocese of Toronto
Blue Green Canada
Canadian Environmental Law Association
Carbon Conversations TO
Centre for Social Innovation
Citizens’ Climate Lobby (Toronto)
Climate Challenge Canada
Climate Change Toronto
Climate Justice Toronto
Council of Agencies Serving South Asians
Council of Canadians (Toronto)
CREW Community Resilience to Extreme Weather
Cycle Toronto
David Suzuki Foundation
Doctors for Safe Cycling
Drawdown Toronto
Ecologos/Water Docs
Environmental Defence
Faith in the City
For Our Grandchildren
Good Jobs For All
Green 11
Green 13
Green Neighbours 21
Green Wave West
Low-Income Energy Network (LIEN)
Millennial Womxn in Policy
Noor Cultural Centre
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
Our Lady's Missionaries
Park People
People’s Climate Movement (GTA)
Progress Toronto
Registered Nurses Association of Ontario
Romero House
Ryerson City Building Institute
Shining Waters Regional Council, The United Church of Canada
Social Planning Toronto
The Green Majority
Toronto & York Region Labour Council
Toronto Community Benefits Network
Toronto Environmental Alliance
Transition Toronto
TTC Riders
United Jewish People's Order
University of Toronto Environmental Action (UTEA)
UofT School of the Environment
Urban Alliance on Race Relations
WHEN Women’s Healthy Environments Network
Women Win Toronto