The holiday season is (unbelievably!) just around the corner. And as you may know, it’s an Ecojustice tradition to share with you our holiday wishes for the environment.
My wish is one of hope: That Canadians draw upon our can-do spirit to safeguard the climate for today’s children – and for generations to come.
On Thanksgiving, the day the world’s leading climate scientists warned we have just 12 years to avert climate change, I was gathered with loved ones. My two-year-old son Benji and I played outside along with my wife, who is pregnant with our second child – due in just a few weeks.
My son Benji and I having fun together on Thanksgiving Day 2018
Nothing focuses the mind – and heart – like playing with children who are dear to you. They remind us we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to mitigate climate change.
That means working with the rest of my colleagues at Ecojustice to use the power of the law to compel governments to take bold, courageous action on climate change – and hold them to account if they fail to fulfill their responsibilities to future generations.
Ecojustice did just this when Premier Ford’s government illegally tore apart Ontario’s climate change laws. Thanks to supporters like you, we quickly launched a lawsuit to protect the right of Ontarians to be consulted on changes to laws that protect them from climate change. Within hours, the government backed down and posted its proposed new law for public consultation.
To avert climate disaster we must accelerate the shift toward renewable energy sources. Make sure polluters pay their fair share for carbon pollution. Protect precious carbon stores like Canada’s boreal forest. With you by our side, Ecojustice will continue to fight for strong, enforceable laws and government action that do all this and more.
In the coming weeks, you’ll hear from my colleagues, who are excited to share their holiday wishes with you. But today, we want to hear from you.
What’s your holiday wish for the environment?
Charles Hatt, Ecojustice lawyer
P.S. Protecting the environment is one of the most meaningful gifts we can offer the next generation. Please make a gift today and help Ecojustice give voice to nature in courtrooms and legislatures across Canada.