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City urges residents to take Climate Action on Clean Air Day

June 2, 2014 -

The City has lined-up a number of Clean Air Day and Environment Week activities for Wednesday to highlight the upcoming release of the community-built Kingston Climate Action Plan.

The Plan outlines current and proposed climate actions for Kingston to minimize greenhouse gas emission and become a community that is resilient to climate change.

"In recognition of Environment Week, I encourage Kingstonians to make a climate action, big or small. This can be as simple as riding your bike, walking, or taking the bus to work, instead of driving," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "Our collective climate actions will have a big impact on the reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions."

The City worked with Sustainable Kingston, community groups and members of the public to develop the Plan, expected to be approved by Council on Tuesday night – in time to be posted on the City's website on Clean Air Day – which takes place during National Environment Week.

"Our changing climate has massive implications: demands on infrastructure, health impacts and more weather-related emergencies.  This is happening and we need to act," says Daniel Shipp, Sustainable Initiatives Coordinator.

More than 500 community artists contributed to Climate Action Clothesline

To mark Clean Air Day/Environment Week and the release of the Kingston Climate Action Plan:

  • On Wednesday, June 4 – Clean Air Day – the Climate Action Clothesline will be up in Confederation Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  It features "Climate Cloths" painted by more than 500 Kingston-area students and members of the public, each portraying a climate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. * 
  • Also on June 4, the City will launch its Climate Action Tool Kit at  www.CityofKingston.ca/climateaction.  It offers ideas for climate actions any group or action can take.  The City also invites the community to make an "I Do/I Will" commitment to climate action at www.CityofKingston.ca/myclimateactions
  • The City is conducting a week-long anti-idling blitz to raise awareness of the Idling Bylaw which forbids drivers from idling a vehicle for more than three minutes in a 60-minute period in temperatures above 5 degrees Celsius.
  • The Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation is challenging Kingstonians to take the National Commuter Challenge: www.commuterchallenge.ca
  • An Environment Week supplement featuring community actions to combat climate change will appear in Thursday's Kingston This Week.

"The deep involvement of our committed community in the Sustainable Kingston Plan and the Kingston Climate Action Plan demonstrates that Kingston is a community that walks the talk. We can and will act to make a difference," says John Johnson, Executive Director of Sustainable Kingston.

*The Clothesline's creation was supported by the University of Michigan Graham Institute Great Lakes Adaptation Assessment for Cities and a grant from the Kresge Foundation.  It will be shown again at Artsfest in City Park, June 28 to July 1.

Plan YOUR climate action: www.CityofKingston.ca/climateaction

Get involved with Sustainable Kingston: www.SustainableKingston.ca

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer, 613-546-4291, ext. 3116. Or call Communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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