Personal Climate Action Pledge

As part of the For the Love of Creation campaign, you are invited to take action to reduce your personal or household greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and/or engage in acts of solidarity with justice-seeking communities.

Download & print your pledge card, write your pledge, and then post a selfie with your pledge on social media.

 

 

Personal Action Ideas

… to reduce household emissions

While actions by government, industry, and other large emitters will have the most impacts in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, personal and household actions are also very important. These actions signal to leaders and the market that we are ready to adopt and advocate for a low-carbon lifestyle and will favour political leaders and products in the economy that align with our priorities.

Personal and household actions vary in terms of their impact on greenhouse gas emissions.  We provide a list of ideas below starting with those that have the highest impact:

  1. Live car free (walk, bike or use public transit)
  2. Avoid or eliminate air travel
  3. Divest from fossil fuels
  4. Buy green energy (install solar panels or purchase green energy)
  5. Drive a more efficient car (i.e., electric or hybrid)
  6. Eat a plant-based diet
  7. Reduce energy use
  8. Reduce consumption (Buy less, buy used, buy local)
  9. Wash clothes in cold water and hang to dry
  10. Improve home energy efficiency (i.e., upgrade windows, doors and insulation, buy EnergyStar appliances, switch to LED light bulbs,etc.)
  11. Recycle
  12. Eat local and in season
  13. Conserve water
  14. Compost
  15. Plant a tree
  16. Purchase carbon offsets
  17. Reduce single-use plastics in your life
  18. Plant a food or pollinator garden
  19. Support eco-friendly businesses

…to build relationships and practice reconciliation

This is a critical decade for climate action and while we need to take swift and bold actions now to maintain global temperatures to 1.5℃, we must do so in a way that addresses inequalities, reinforces human rights and builds resilience in communities.  We can all play a part in achieving climate justice – by working for reconciliation, rebuilding our own relationship with the earth, standing in solidarity with marginalized communities, amplifying the voices of youth, and much more.

We encourage you to explore some of the options below for promoting climate justice and decolonization, and honouring Indigenous rights. While taking any one of these actions will be a positive step, we encourage you to consider multiple actions. Reconciliation is a lifelong journey of learning and unlearning which cannot be achieved by a singular action.

  1. Learn more about the treaty (or nation-to-nation) history of your region from both the Indigenous and settler experiences
  2. Learn the territorial acknowledgement for the land on which you reside and consider moments in your work, worship or everyday life where you can acknowledge the territory with others
  3. Read the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  4. Study and learn more about the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  5. Support Indigenous land defenders and water protectors
  6. Support Indigenous-owned business and initiatives
  7. Learn about your local watershed and the issues related to its protection
  8. Learn about the Indigenous names for the places and bodies of water where you live

Thank you for taking action For the Love of Creation!

Please write to our elected representatives and encourage them to do the same.