Climate Emergency Action Plan

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The Thames River downtown.


About this project

The City of London is continuing to develop our community’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. As a result of COVID-19, the plan was disrupted, but the City is now creating more time and opportunities for Londoners to provide input.

The Climate Emergency Action Plan is an urgent response to our changing climate. The goals are to reduce London’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.

A recent report to the Municipal Council’s Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee provided an update of the development of the Climate Emergency Action Plan, actions that have been under way, the revised schedule, initial ideas for engaging the community and London's businesses, and plans to carry on the work.

Developing the Climate Emergency Action Plan will be an ongoing process.





Provide feedback in a number of ways

  1. Quickly leave a comment or share an idea online.
  2. Complete a Feedback Form – A list of high level actions to potentially be included in the Climate Emergency Action Plan are presented here, separated into categories related to how we live, move, grow, green and prosper.
  3. Review the Discussion Primer of potential actions – This document details potential high level actions and their supporting actions that could be included in the Climate Emergency Action Plan. Participants can fill out the Discussion Primer online, or complete and submit it as a PDF.
  4. Build a plan for London - Create and share your own Climate Action Plan for London using eDemocracy Network's Climate Action Plan Simulator.
  5. Connect with the project team directly by contacting climateaction@london.ca

An illustration of the different engagement opportunities for the Climate Emergency Action Plan.



About this project

The City of London is continuing to develop our community’s Climate Emergency Action Plan. As a result of COVID-19, the plan was disrupted, but the City is now creating more time and opportunities for Londoners to provide input.

The Climate Emergency Action Plan is an urgent response to our changing climate. The goals are to reduce London’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 30% by 2030 and reach net-zero by 2050.

A recent report to the Municipal Council’s Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee provided an update of the development of the Climate Emergency Action Plan, actions that have been under way, the revised schedule, initial ideas for engaging the community and London's businesses, and plans to carry on the work.

Developing the Climate Emergency Action Plan will be an ongoing process.





Provide feedback in a number of ways

  1. Quickly leave a comment or share an idea online.
  2. Complete a Feedback Form – A list of high level actions to potentially be included in the Climate Emergency Action Plan are presented here, separated into categories related to how we live, move, grow, green and prosper.
  3. Review the Discussion Primer of potential actions – This document details potential high level actions and their supporting actions that could be included in the Climate Emergency Action Plan. Participants can fill out the Discussion Primer online, or complete and submit it as a PDF.
  4. Build a plan for London - Create and share your own Climate Action Plan for London using eDemocracy Network's Climate Action Plan Simulator.
  5. Connect with the project team directly by contacting climateaction@london.ca

An illustration of the different engagement opportunities for the Climate Emergency Action Plan.


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More bike lanes.

Tyler83 about 2 hours ago

Rename London to deforest city

William zanin about 19 hours ago

(1) "Encourage Rain Barrels for Buildings" - First-time homeowner who got a rain barrel and I have to say I am incredibly impressed at how much water I've collected and used. The rain barrel stores so much water - a silly amount of water - imagine if more homes had these? More water would be saved from City consumption and ready to be utilized for other things like population growth/housing growth, less energy spent getting water, less money spent on processing City water to be sent to households. In addition, modern rain barrels looks great and really improve the look of houses if you invest in a good one.

(2) Tree Growing Gardens for Residents - Every time I go to walk in certain areas, I really wish the City would grant allotments of land for people to grow trees in pots to be used for local planting. My backyard is limited in size but if there were nearby allotments, I would happily go and grow trees in pots for local planting with my family. More community gardens please!

(3) "Grow Fruit/Food bearing trees around City" - I NEVER UNDERSTOOD why we cannot plant native FRUIT BEARING TREES like red mulberries, hazelnuts, pawpaws, service berries, peach trees, apple trees instead of regular trees? This solves so many issues:
(a) Less food miles travelled as locals / wildlife can eat immediately and not have transported from surrounding areas
(b) Homeless individuals can get extra calories from local food
(c) Red Mulberries are enlarged species of tree - why can't we grow more of them? Why not encourage growth of trees which are in danger of going extinct? Pawpaws are rare but with community action could become a popular fruit tree that we could all know what the fruit tastes like.
(d) Educational purposes - Would you care for the environment more if you sat in a boring classroom being told about it OR would you care for the environment more if you had a favourite nearby hazelnut tree which you pick on the way to school? Fruit trees encourage personal involvement.
(e) Improved happiness - Let's be honest, who wouldn't want to sit under a fruit tree and eat it's fruit on a nice sunny day?

Bart about 24 hours ago

The lane strip should be painted in a way that it should be clearly visible in the dark when raining or snowing.

The facility of using Garbage bins.

Many of the internal road names are not clearly visible.

Personal: Street lights on the road connecting St Thomas and London. Mainly Wonderland Road. At least upto 401.

*****Most of the schools in London having average ratings. Steps should be taken to increase the school education standard.*****

Separate lanes for right turns on wonderland road to keep traffic free-flowing and save fuel.

Nikunj 1 day ago

I've said it countless times, in countless ways before - but is anyone actually listening yet?
Ban backyard burning in London!!!!
Wood smoke is of course very unhealthy to be exposed to.
It is a senseless activity to be happening in an urban setting especially.
Wood smoke is of course a source of PM 2.5, VOC's (some carcinogenic) and black carbon.
Want to find low hanging fruit to curb London's carbon footprint and improve neighbourhood air quality, then look no further.
How do you do it, you wonder?
If MLHU and/ or your Air Quality manager haven't yet or won't make the recommendation to council, then simply ignore their bad advice, and instead use your political will, but get the job done.
London is already pitifully late to act on this.
Who else has already banned the practice of backyard burning?
Toronto, Guelph, Windsor and Waterloo plus at least 16 other Ontario communities.
Earth to London - do you read me?
Or is it still too much to ask for cleaner air?

Michael Luce 3 days ago

Allowed the use of Electric scooters (the ones that were approved by the province in 2020 and the bill was going to be reviewed with a deadline of June 2021) so that they can either be used in the bike lanes or sidewalks. They are a great way to help the environment as they are means of transportation

Esther 5 days ago

Residential solar... everywhere!
Solar panels pay for themselves now. Their time has come.

klivest 5 days ago

As far as real estate prices are concerned, London has been the best kept secret in Ontario.
Recent advances in housing values would indicate more and more people are moving to London. We actually have a population of over 400,000. Apparently we are growing so fast that updating the population signs is a moot point.
I believe there should be some residual interest in a high speed transportation system along the Windsor-Toronto corridor.
In the recent past the Ontario Liberals wanted to build a light rail transit system for around $10Billion. The majority of the cost was associated with purchasing property and preparing the current highway corridor. It wasn't constructing the railway.
Since then, new technologies have emerged which makes the railway system much less competitive and basically cost prohibitive. Anyone who follows the Musk group of companies also knows that, "The Boring Company" is creating state of the art, high speed tunnels. The first of which is being constructed now in Las Vegas. Talk is the second will be in Miami.
Yes, you see where I am going with this!
London is in the perfect position to express FIRST interest to The Boring Company for a tunnel in Ontario that would extend from Windsor to Toronto with potential for branch lines to basically anywhere in between.
Founded, researched, created, commissioned, managed and maintained by the Corporation of the City of London. London based talks could begin now. Express first interest. These tunnels are safe. They are installed in a fraction of the time of rail systems and best of all, are a mere fraction of the cost. This makes it your civic responsibility to investigate this idea in my opinion.
Not long ago we as a province actually considered a $10Billion LRT plan that could have very well lead to economic calamity in Ontario. Now we have an opportunity to do it at a fraction of the cost.
As a lifelong Londoner, I would be very proud to live in the new "unofficial" center of the universe.
Well... Ontario!
Imagine the possibilities!

klivest 5 days ago

My ideas are the following.

Community gardens and designated no-developing/building areas within already heavily developed areas. These two ideas can work off each other as you can place the community gardens within the no-developing/building areas. The no-developing/building areas are just places that would be reserved for adding greenery to the landscape.

Tax intensives for farmers to establish themselves near the city, and place restrictions if not stops the converting of farm land into suburbs or mass housing units.

Introduce bylaws that allow for home owners to own some types of farm animals (rabbits, ducks, chickens, etc.) in order to produce and maintain their own food sources.

Allowing for home owners to replace the store-bought/standard grass with more native types of ground cover and remove bylaws that prevent home owners from turning their yards into a native ecosystem or that place property value over environmental concerns.

Plant more female trees and keep a balance between male and female trees to decrease the amount of pollen.

Plant fruit trees in known low income areas or areas where gardening isn't possible.

Encourage sustainable food sources and offer a program that helps residences start their own gardens and mushrooms farms.

Offer compost activator cultures for people with compost piles, or who are already composting.

Sara 5 days ago

Cooling Rooftops. Painting the roof tops white would reflect a lot of heat from the sun and make the immediate area a lot cooler. If all of the roof tops were painted white then the overall temperature of the city would be reduced. This would be especially beneficial on extremely hot days.

Ramona 5 days ago

I would love to see community compost sites, which is maintained and sorted to make sure it's functioning properly.

K.S 6 days ago

Please, for the love of god, implement a green bin system!

Alessandro Calicchia 6 days ago

I live in a household of six people in the Glen Cairn area. Especially during COVID it is difficult and dangerous to go to stores often, and having more urban gardening areas nearby for public access and use would be very beneficial. It would allow Londoners to communicate with each other safely outdoors and to connect and bond with neighbours and community members.

We try our best to minimize our carbon footprint by taking public transportation and walking, reducing our meat, dairy and fish consumption, and composting our food waste. As a low-income family it is difficult to afford package-free or local food, so INCENTIVES or AID in purchasing these items would be very helpful for the health of Londoners. Maybe Harvest Bucks given based on income level? We would also love to convert to solar energy but it is too expensive right now, so helping Londoners convert to clean and renewable energy like solar grids would be beneficial.

winterslade 16 days ago

1) Create a people friendly city by utilizing the new "flex" street downtown. Build more protected bike lanes and connect existing bike lanes
2) Host more outdoor farmer markets for people to walk/cycle to in their own community. Could be located in green spaces or parking lots (tax exempt church parking lots would work well)
3) Set high fines and enforcement to stop people from littering. It is disgusting to see all the plastic bottles, tim horton cups, disposable face masks, dog poop bags in our parks and along the Thames river

thekla about 1 month ago

We are private home owners who are trying to do all the little things we can to cut down on our carbon footprint. We have been composting since the 1980's and can attest to how it reduces our kitchen waste and enhances our gardens. We are part of the 'orange bag' program for recycling plastics that aren't covered in blue box - a great program - we hope it will be expanded to the entire city. We try not to buy products that are over-packaged and we've done the usual things that home-owners can do to make our house more energy efficient. We would like to do more, and so participating in this program is something we're happy to do. Thank you for making it available to us.

Bonnie Neaves 3 months ago

Hi There -

As you might know, I teach ENVR 9012 at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability at UWO. In the Fall of 2020, the graduate class produced an applied Air Source Heat Pump feasibility group project and research study for the City of London through the City Studio partnership. This graduate study project received the Judge's Choice Award from City Studio. The project was shared with City Staff upon completion. Additional graduate research projects were completed individually by students on a wide range of topics including: flood mitigation & adaptation, preservation of urban green spaces (specific to Meadowlily Woods ESA), smart growth and densification, urban agriculture, urban forestry, waste reduction, municipal financing for solar PV and rooftop solar, low-carbon and alternative transportation, carbon sequestration strategies, urban cycling, circular economy, biodiversity conservation, green roofs, sustainable urbanism and wild-land conservation in urban areas. These research reports and comparative case studies are available to support staff with CEAP developments upon further request. I am available for consultation and research services and support on CEAP developments upon further request. Thank you otherwise for your ongoing and important efforts to address the climate crises in London, Ontario Canada in an inclusive, equitable and broadly appealing manner.

Brennan Vogel, PhD 3 months ago

initiating a hydroponic vertical farm within city infrastructure will ensure an ease of produce production. illuminating or minimizing transportation of product, thus creating a system of self awareness and self sustainability. Everything from herbs to fruits and fish can be grown or raised within a hydroponic facility. lowering global foot prints and increasing sustainability is defeating climate changes on multiple levels

parkerj 3 months ago

I think the city could benefit from policies to ensure all future houses and buildings are built to the highest level of sustainability. I also think the city could provide incentives so that individuals could purchase electric vehicles. Incentives for houses that already stand could also help individuals make the switch to electric heating.

Nadine 3 months ago

We must apply a climate tax to the people of london.they have been saving money through covof and they want to help the climate.. the city can plant s fee trees with the money and give the bureaucrats a huge raise.

Pete downing 3 months ago

I endorse Lorraine's proposal to build a major waste-to-energy anaerobic digestion facility to address the issue of the disposition of organic waste in our region. Not only would this result in a significant reduction in GHG due to rotting, but would contribute to the production of green energy. We should be looking at repurposing rather than removal.

ellie 4 months ago