The city of Toronto officially declares a climate emergency

They also voted to declare a target of 2050 for a net zero greenhouse gas emissions

About two weeks ago, Mayor John Tory announced that he intended to declare a climate emergency, and now, Toronto city council has voted unanimously to make the declaration.
 


After Toronto has experienced flooding, extreme heat, rising water levels, and more, city council has finally officially declared a climate emergency. The declaration was prompted by an open call from 47 civil society organizations urging Tory to commit to accelerating action on climate change.

Upon his initial announcement, Tory explained that the declaration “would be done with the purpose of naming, framing and deepening Toronto’s commitment to protecting our community, our economy, and our ecosystems from climate change.”
 


Additionally, the council voted to declare a target of 2050 for a net zero greenhouse gas emissions. The motion that was approved today also features a proposal for a climate budget.
 
Lead photo courtesy of Christian Raul Hernandez.