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Ontario Greens launch ‘Roadmap to Net-Zero’ to tackle climate emergency

The Ontario Greens' Roadmap to Net-Zero presents a vision for a healthier, greener and more prosperous Ontario.

October 28, 2021  by CM Staff

TORONTO— The Ontario Green Party launches Roadmap to Net-Zero: The Ontario Greens’ Climate and Environmental Plan.

“Tackling the climate emergency is the Ontario Greens’ number one priority,” said Ontario Greens’ Leader Mike Schreiner in a press release.

“It is the most pressing issue facing Ontario and the world. It is the biggest challenge of our lives, and it is also the biggest opportunity.”

“We are at a tipping point and need an honest, ambitious and practical plan that matches the urgency of the crisis we are in and takes advantage of the potential of the green economy to create new businesses and better jobs. Our new Roadmap to Net-Zero does just that.”

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The Ontario Greens’ Roadmap to Net-Zero presents a vision for a healthier, greener and more prosperous Ontario that provides good, clean jobs, environmentally responsible and affordable housing, inclusive and caring communities, and a better way of life for everyone.

The Ontario Greens’ Roadmap to Net-Zero will adopt a “zero carbon law” that sets a fair share carbon budget for the rest of the century and will cut Ontario’s climate pollution in half by 2030 and to net-zero every year from 2045.

They have also stated plans to the clean the air by replacing fossil fuels in vehicles in half by 2030 and to net-zero by 2040 with electric vehicles, transit, active transportation and connected communities.

Amongst other objectives, the Greens’ Roadmap also promises to work with Indigenous Peoples to protect 25 per cent of Ontario by 2025 and 30 per cent by 2030 as well as create new careers and better green jobs for hundreds of thousands of people.

“It is too late for climate action to be gradual and incremental,” Ontario Green Deputy Leader and former Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Dianne Saxe said in a press release.

Ontario Greens recognize that urgency and immediacy is critical to tackling the climate emergency. That’s why Schreiner tabled a bill this week that will set a Carbon Budget. “Climate action can’t wait,” Schreiner said in a press release.

“If the other parties are at all serious about climate, they’ll vote in support of this bill.”

Around the world, individuals, companies, and countries are turning away from fossil fuels and competing to win in the new, green economy, yet Ontario continues to lag.