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City launches "Change for Climate" campaign

August 26, 2019 -

"What's our city doing to address climate change?" "As a resident, what can I do at home?"

These are just a couple of the questions the City of Kingston will address in its inaugural Change for Climate campaign, launching today. 

"Change for Climate is an opportunity for us to build awareness and engage residents in tackling this climate emergency," says Julie Salter-Keane, community projects manager for the City.

The City has set a target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions across the City's operations by 15 per cent between 2018 and 2022, and aims to be carbon neutral by 2040 or sooner. "Through Change for Climate, we will explore the steps we're taking to meet these goals. Departments across our City are taking an even deeper look at their work through the lens of climate change. This includes everything from how we manage waste to how we build and maintain our parks," says Salter-Keane.

This campaign, which will begin to roll-out on the City's social media channels before making its way more broadly into the community,  is also a call to action to all Kingstonians to take a deep look at their home, work and recreational practices and make their own plans to make real and sustainable changes.

 "We know if we want to tackle climate change in a meaningful way, we need wide support. Residents can find climate actions tips at CityofKingston.ca/ClimateAction."

On March 5, the City of Kingston was the third municipality in Canada and the first in Ontario to declare a climate emergency. Since then, City council has set its strategic priorities and identified "demonstrate leadership on climate action" as one of its priorities. These priorities help direct and inform the City's work.