On June 2, 2022, Ontarians will head to the polls to elect our next provincial government. As citizens, we have a responsibility to ensure that nature conservation is a major election issue. Candidates and political leaders must hear from all Ontarians demanding clear commitments and action plans to effectively address ongoing biodiversity loss and the devastating impacts of climate change.
Make Your Voice Heard
As election campaigns get underway, you will have various opportunities to make your voice heard. Be ready when candidates come knocking on your door, when local media cover the upcoming election and for all-candidate meetings. You may even find these issues spark good discussions with those around you as they consider their vote.
Here are three topics and questions you could raise:
1. Protected Areas: implementing nature-based solutions to climate change and biodiversity loss
If elected, will you do your utmost to ensure that the government adequately invests in stewardship and recovery efforts to reverse species declines?
3. Accountability: respecting the public voice
Ontarians increasingly understand the seriousness of the biodiversity and climate crises that we face. Yet, despite public outcry demanding action on both fronts, the provincial government has weakened environmental laws and policies, leaving us and future generations increasingly vulnerable to the adverse impacts of environmental degradation. Twice in recent years the government has broken the law by violating public consultation requirements under the Environmental Bill of Rights, 1993 (EBR). Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs), which sidestep public consultation and override policies intended to protect natural heritage and farmland, are another prime example of the government’s disregard for democratic process.
Questions for candidates:
Will your party commit to upholding the purpose and intent of the EBR in all decision-making?
If elected, will you do your utmost to ensure that the government refrains from using Minister’s Zoning Orders to fast-track development while dodging environmental protections and community consultation?
A vote for nature is a vote for a livable planet for our children and grandchildren. It’s a vote for the programs, laws, and policies that protect our collective well-being and quality of life. It’s putting our long-term interests ahead of unsustainable, short-term profiteering. It’s your chance to be heard.
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Vote for Nature
On June 2, 2022, we have an opportunity to elect biodiversity and climate leaders. The next Government of Ontario will make a generational difference. Raise your voice for biodiversity protection and climate action.