Last night's election was a big win for climate action in Calgary. We'll have more analysis over the coming days, but for now, we can be optimistic, knowing that there is support for climate action from the new mayor, Jyoti Gondek, and many of the new councillors. Learn more about where they stand in our Candidate Questionnaire.

A huge thank you to everyone who attended a Coffee With a Candidate session, put up a lawn sign, talked to their candidates about climate action, posted to social media, and delivered literature. Your efforts paid off! 

What's next? COP26!

We can't afford to rest on our laurels. With the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) happening in Glasgow from October 31 to November 12, there is an opportunity to highlight the role municipalities can play in climate action. We will be advocating for how our election platform ties in to the four goals of the conference: 

Goal 1: Net-zero by 2050

  1. Amend Climate Resilience Strategy to target net-zero by 2050
  2. Amend Sustainable Building Policy to require all new publicly owned buildings to be net-zero
  3. ENMAX to adopt targets of:
    • 2030: Achieve 50% of 2016 emissions
    • 2040: Achieve 10% of 2016 emissions
    • 2050: Achieve net-zero (already committed)

Goal 2: Adapt to protect communities and habitats

  1. Completion of the Green Line, including the portion from Eau Claire to 16th Ave
  2. Increased access and safety for active transportation modes such as walking and biking
  3. Increased access and support for electric vehicle adoption and charging
    • System-level support for at home charging
    • Support for alternatives to at home charging
  4. Double Calgary’s tree canopy to from 8.3% to 16%

Goal 3: Mobilize finance

  1. Pass bylaw to allow use of Clean Energy Improvement Program (CEIP), a form of PACE financing

Goal 4: Work together to deliver

  1. Hub partnerships, including with Fair Calgary Community Voices, for transit that is affordable, accessible, convenient and connected
  2. Making sure the transition is both fast and fair, so that no one is left behind.

This will be important work. Thanks to our members' support of the election campaign, it will less difficult starting today. 

To learn more about how municipal government works, download our Introduction to Calgary Politics.

Joan Lawrence


Writer, interpretive planner, climate activist in Treaty 7 territory.