Living Green

As I travelled across Ontario in 2009, meeting with people from all walks of life, and listening to their concerns and good ideas, I was reminded time and again that people in our province are ahead of their governments in living green every day. In fact, Ontarians are among the most aggressive adopters of new green technologies and smart economic ideas. We need governments - at all levels - to catch up.

As we begin 2010, I want to share some thoughts on five ways to go green this year.

Ontario Needs New Leadership To Lower Emissions

I attended the Environment Commissioner of Ontario (ECO)’s media conference on last Tuesday morning, which reported on the government’s lack of progress on reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

As the ECO highlighted, the government is frank in its admission that Ontario will not meet its 2014 or 2020 GHG targets. Particularly concerning, according to the ECO, is “the fact that GHG emissions are projected to rise between 2014 and 2020.”