As we approach the end of 2019, we can't shake the feeling - this was the year the ground shifted in the fight for climate action. We know that with all environmental efforts, progress can often be slow or halting. But too many good things happened in 2019 to be ignored. As part of the growing Ottawa environmental community, your efforts are the reason for the progress we're seeing.
This Giving Tuesday, we're asking you to keep up the momentum. Power the movement to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada by becoming a monthly donor or contributing a one-time gift of $50, $100 or $250 today.
So, what happened in 2019? First, the City of Ottawa declared a climate emergency. The Ecology Ottawa community was there every step of the way - from providing input on policy, to rallying outside of city hall on the morning of the crucial vote. Over the coming weeks and months, we expect to see the City take unprecedented steps to strengthen and deepen its level of climate ambition.
Next, we made sure climate was an issue our federal leaders couldn't ignore. Whether this meant thousands of climate conversations as part of our election campaign, 20,000 of us in the streets as part of a youth-led climate strike, or 1,000 of us at federal environment debates in every corner of our city, the message was the same: climate change is the fight of our lives. We demand a safe planet for our children, and we will not let up.
2020 can be the year we build from strength to strength. Beyond action on climate change, we are excited to launch a series of initiatives aimed at making our city more livable, vibrant and dynamic. From urban biodiversity, to air quality monitoring and protecting our trees and greenspace, there is so much we can accomplish together with your support.
Thank you for powering the movement to make Ottawa the green capital of Canada.
Robb, Jaclyn, Ginette, Marie-Lou, Jay, Clara, Erik, Emilie, Velta and the entire Ecology Ottawa team