Support the Green Line Before It's Too Late

The Green Line is under threat. A small group of well-connected people has mounted a campaign to delay it and go back to the drawing board on design. This will likely kill the whole project, and make it much more difficult to get a major transit project approved in the future. 

The Green Line is a shovel-ready project that already has money allocated, including significant funding from the Province and the federal government. It will contribute to Green Stimulus, provide an estimated 12,000 direct and 8,000 indirect jobs, and has the added benefit of reducing GHG emissions. 

The City estimates the Green Line will remove 6,000 vehicles from the roads the first year, reducing emissions by 30,000 tonnes. If the line continues to replace 6,000 vehicles for 30 years, it will save 900,000 tonnes. The primary purpose of the new line is to reduce traffic congestion and provide better transit access to under-served communities in the north central and south east areas of the city. In this context, the GHG savings are a bonus.

The Green Line is an investment in the future of Calgary. If we delay so we can revisit options which have already been thoroughly considered and rejected, there is a real risk that funding will be pulled. It could be decades before we get another chance to complete the LRT network. This is our chance to continue to evolve into the city we Calgarians deserve. Let's get going on the Green Line now.

We are asking people to write to their city councillors, and, if possible, call in to the meeting of the Green Line Committee on June 1 to voice their support. You can sign up to tell your story of why you want the Green Line by emailing the City Clerk at: publicsubmissions@calgary.ca to register and to receive further information. Ask to speak to the Green Line committee on June 1. You will speak by phone, so you do not have to be on camera. You can watch the meeting here. There is more information on how it all works here.
Finally, there is a petition here and tools for social media here.

 

You can help by writing an email to your Councillor and the Mayor in three simple steps: 

Step 1: 

Find your councillor’s email address here.

Don’t know who your councillor is? Check your ward here.

Step 2:

Add Mayor Nenshi’s email address: themayor@calgary.ca and the address of the City Clerk office: publicsubmissions@calgary.ca

Step 3:

Write your email/letter

Note: To be effective, your letter should be as personal as possible. The template below provides you with some ideas. Build on it: use your own words and ask your own questions based on your concerns! Ask questions about how the City budget is advancing climate action.

Download a copy of the Hub's submission here.

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Write to Your Councillor About Green Stimulus

Remember last spring, before COVID-19? We may look back on the 'before times' thinking it was normal, but it wasn't. Normal was a crisis. Now, as we begin to re-start our economy, we need to think about what we want for our city once the pandemic is over.

The Calgary Climate Hub's Green Stimulus campaign is the effort to remind our elected officials that any new funding for infrastructure or other stimulus must consider climate impact as well as a just transition to a clean energy economy. We are working with City Council to ensure five key climate priorities and support for the most vulnerable:

  1. Invest in energy-efficient buildings, including the four capital buildings (Event Centre, Fieldhouse, BMO Centre and Arts Commons)
  2. Make ENMAX net-zero by 2050, with 25 per cent renewables by 2030
  3. Implement and fund the Climate Resilience Strategy
  4. Continue investing in active transportation to provide healthy and affordable options for all Calgarians
  5. Review options to generate additional revenues to capture the real social and environmental costs of services and mitigate the cost of growth.

 

You can help by writing an email to your Councillor and the Mayor in three simple steps: 

Step 1: 

Find your councillor’s email address here.

Don’t know who your councillor is? Check your ward here.

Step 2:

Add Mayor Nenshi’s email address: themayor@calgary.ca and the address of the City Clerk office: publicsubmissions@calgary.ca

Step 3:

Write your email/letter

Note: To be effective, your letter should be as personal as possible. The template below provides you with some ideas. Build on it: use your own words and ask your own questions based on your concerns! Ask questions about how the City budget is advancing climate action.

Click here for a letter template (Word).

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Take Action on Green Stimulus: Letters to the Editor

Why write a Letter to the Editor?

All around the world, governments are under pressure to spend money in post-COVID-19 economic stimulus. Fossil fuel companies and other vested interests are lobbying hard, but a big push for climate action is coming from forward thinking bankers like Mark Carney, investor groups like Ceres, and highly regarded research organizations like the International Energy Agency. We can add to that with voices from the grassroots, and one powerful way to do that is with a Letter to the Editor.
 

These have long been a popular and widely read section of newspapers and magazines. Like digital social media platforms, they get a lot of attention from politicians and their staffers. And we all lead busy lives; a letter to the editor has often taught me something about an issue I didn’t clearly understand, or shown me a perspective I hadn’t thought about. They can also inspire and make a call to action; a rallying cry in the Town Square.

How to write a Letter to the Editor

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Check out the Hub's Youtube channel

We're excited to announce that the Calgary Climate Hub is now on Youtube! You can find videos from our speaker series,  A Climate of Change. We will be adding new videos weekly. Subscribe for updates.

 

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The Social Distance Earth Hour YYC!

I hope you're doing well. I personally am overwhelmed with the near universal 'we're in this together' feeling I'm experiencing from my fellow Canadians and especially Calgarians. 
Regarding Earth Hour YYC we're keeping the party going online! We've also decided to scale back the requirement to 'power down' our lights or laptops. Folks are making enough sacrifices right now and both emissions and carbon footprint levels haven't been better in the modern age. That doesn't mean we let Earth Hour pass by this year, quite the contrary. Folks need to celebrate and this is a valuable time to ensure we're celebrating the right things.
This Earth Hour, from our now stuck-at-home fellow Calgarians, we're asking them to share their thoughts about the earth during these unprecedented times, their hopes for it once we've beaten Covid19 as well as solutions, technologies and innovations in their community that would better position us for future challenges like this one. We'll be asking folks to share what community they belong to in their post if they feel comfortable sharing that information. Each entry to any of the social networks for either Arusha Centre or the Hub gets entered to win this pretty rad espresso machine!
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From our Community Associations if you're overwhelmed, WE GET IT. You do you. If you *do* want to participate we'd ask that at least one of your board or members creates a post about your CA in reference to the earth or even just things you're doing to help or cope during this crisis. We also ask that you retweet or share widely any Earth Hour YYC post that makes mention of your community. Any post from our CAs gets entered into a draw for a jumbo Jenga set for when we're all ready for a grand re-opening party! (and gives us an excuse to talk about your association!)
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Ever forward (and now more than ever),
Steve Bentley
Calgary Climate Hub
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YOUR 2020 Community Climate Conversations

The 'Community Climate Conversations' (CCCs) are a city spanning initiative that brings a host of bonafide climate experts to Calgary communities so citizens can not just listen to them but engage with them (and each other) in *real* conversations about the climate topics that resonate with them the most, from Climate Science to Renewable Energy to Eco-Anxiety to you-name-it!

Our events in Sunnyside, Marda Loop, the East Village, Sunalta, Marlborough and for the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good have been solid successes in our books as we have had good attendance and responses from those communities!

We want to keep this ball rolling into 2020 and beyond so we're very happy to announce our next Conversation in Renfrew on January 23rd at the Renfrew Community Association! 

Here is our RSVP link for the Renfrew Conversation. Please register and feel free to share with your networks (*especially* if they live or work in Renfrew!): https://www.calgaryclimatehub.ca/ccc7_renfrew

Beyond Renfrew we've lined up Conversations in communities near you right through to August (we take a break in July).

Community Association   Date
Renfrew   Jan 23
Pineridge   Feb 11
West Hillhurst   March 24
Bridgeland-Riverside   May 3
ANNOUNCEMENT SOON!   June 16
Killarney   Aug 25th

 

Let's work together on an impactful 2020 for Climate in Calgary!

 See you at the Conversations!

 

 

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City Budget: Climate Hub Needs Your Help!

It’s budget time at City Hall, which is a perfect opportunity to remind Council to apply the climate lens to decision making. Yesterday, Bob Morrison made a presentation on behalf of the Mobilize Node outlining some ideas from the Hub. (Thanks, Bob!)

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October Newsletter - Greta's Visit

 

Wow, what a week. 

The hub was very busy organizing two buses which headed up to Edmonton with 80 people on board.  We were welcomed with open arms, and were able to really make a difference.  It is a testament to why an organization such as ours exists:  in 36 hours we were able to book the buses, put up a ticket purchasing webpage, and get both CBC and Global to cover the trip. Kudos to Bob Hawkesworth, Pierann Moon, Simone Lee, and Dave Burdon who made it happen. 

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Thursday Thank You : The Alt Hotel and Go Electric!

#ThursdayThankYou goes out to the Alt Hotel in Calgary's East Village for their TOTALLY UNIQUE assistance during our Climate Conversation this August. We ran into a challenge, decided to turn it into an opportunity. GoElectric & the East Village Alt Hotel were only too happy to help us make it happen!

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September Newsletter

Global Climate Week Sept 20-27 is upon us, and the city is abuzz with climate activism, with the Calgary Climate Hub organising and facilitating many events.

We’ve put this newsletter together to help you find your niche(s) for the week. But
the key is, get involved! Attend an event (check the schedule here and see below for more info), volunteer for a node (see updates below), post some important social media, talk to your friends! Now is the time, this is the place, to make change. So glad you, our members, are in our world, caring about our futures. Let make it the best future ever! Dr. Joe Vipond and Dr. Aïda Nciri, co-chairs

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