Well, the results were not what we were hoping for.
In our last several newsletters we invited every one of you to consider the importance of the June 2nd provincial election in moving climate action forward, and many of you stepped up. You joined cooperative voting initiatives, you worked on campaigns for climate champions, and you made sure to vote!
But we did not achieve the result we hoped for, the government we need.
ClimateFast is a non-partisan organization. We call on all the parties to act on climate, and in this election we asked our supporters to talk about climate, to support candidates who are pro-climate, and to help make their vote count.
Despite our best efforts to make climate an issue in the campaign it hardly registered on the campaign trail. The NDP had the Green New Democratic deal, and Del Duca promised 'buck a ride - province-wide' but the concern that we all share for immediate action on climate did not reach a broader audience. It was not talked about enough by candidates, or in the media. This even as we are told by scientists that we have just 3 years to turn off the fossil fuel tap, and we need to cut emissions in half by 2030.
ClimateFast has been active from beginning to end of this campaign.
During the election period we urged our supporters to be active. We offered a webcast on five climate election initiatives. These included Kitchen Table Climate Conversations (KTCC), Ontario Voters Coalition, GreenPAC debates, the Ontario Climate Emergency Campaign and Not One Seat.
ClimateFast’s KTCC initiative pivoted to encourage people to talk climate justice ahead of the election. We held two webcasts (1, 2), developed a provincial backgrounder and created conversation starter reels. Take a look at the blog series: Funds for Good, A Better Living, How to Live, An Everything Issue, Environmental Rule and Art and Antidotes and feel free to continue using these resources going forward!