London – London West and London Fanshawe have been selected for non-partisan voter engagement in advance a critical international climate change meeting in December. The ridings are expected to be among those that will be close races in the next federal election, whenever it is called. About a dozen such ridings will be selected as part of this initiative, with the London ridings the first to be announced.
“Because of voting patterns, London voters have a key role to play in whether Canada becomes a leader on clean energy,” said Melissa Whittle, who will head up the London efforts on behalf of Environmental Defence. “We’ll be encouraging them, regardless of their political views, to use their voice to tell Ottawa to catch up to other countries who are taking stronger action on climate change.”
The campaign will begin today with door to door outreach in key neighbourhoods in London West and London Fanshawe. The campaign will call on parents to use their voice today so that their kids don’t inherit a difficult future that is not of their doing. A door hanger with a child’s rendition of a wind turbine will greet those who are not home, with a tear-off postcard addressed to the local Member of Parliament.
“Parents move mountains to give our kids the best chance at a good life,” said Nicole Langdon, mother of three and owner of the Fitness Studio. “This is the time for them to come together to move Ottawa to change course so that our kids don’t inherit the insecurity that will come with a deteriorating atmosphere.”
While Environmental Defence will spearhead the London ridings push, other groups will come forward in other ridings across Ontario and the country.
About Environmental Defence: Environmental Defence protects the environment and human health. We research solutions. We educate. We go to court when we have to. All in order to ensure clean air, clean water and thriving ecosystems nationwide, and to bring a halt to Canada’s contribution to climate change. www.environmentaldefence.ca
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For more information, or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Jennifer Foulds, Environmental Defence, (416) 323-9521 ext. 232; (647) 280-9521 (cell)