December 16, 2009

You don’t have to go to Copenhagen to make a difference

It’s easy to despair that global action on climate change will never move forward while watching 190 countries wrangle in Copenhagen. But right here in Ontario we have a major climate success story in the making that you can help push over the top. In 1997, a small upstart group called the Ontario Clean Air Alliance urged the provincial government to phase out the use of coal in the electricity sector. Twelve years later, we are almost there – in 2009, coal-fired electricity generation in Ontario hit an all-time low.

What is shocking, however, is that Ontario could have burned almost no coal this year and kept the lights on in this province. We now have more than enough coal-free electricity supply to shutter our coal plants, the largest greenhouse gas producers in Ontario. In 2009, Ontario Power Generation’s primary reason to burn coal was to produce dirty electricity for export to the United States. This has to stop – now.

We need your help to make that happen and to prove that something can be done to address climate change right now. Please consider making a financial contribution to our work to end coal use and usher in a renewable energy future for this province. By putting your dollars behind the OCAA, you are backing one of the leanest and most effective climate change action organizations in Ontario. With a small staff and modest budget, we have almost toppled mighty King Coal – the biggest industrial polluter in Ontario. With your help, we can bring coal use down to zero, five years ahead of the government’s official deadline. Action on climate can’t wait another half decade. Make a contribution today to help get the job done.

With a couple of clicks at www.cleanairalliance.org/get_involved_donate you can rest assured that you’ve done something important for the climate today.

With appreciation,

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director

Jack Gibbons, Chair
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246
Fax: 416-926-1601
angela@cleanairalliance.org
Clean Air Alliance
Ontario’s Green Future