Action Alert: Canada is burning and our future is in peril! Act NOW, Premier Ford and Prime Minister Trudeau!

As of late August 2023, 15 million hectares of land across Canada – almost twenty-seven times the size of Prince Edward Island – have gone up in smoke as a result of  thousands of wildfires. The 2023 wildfire season has already been Canada’s most severe on record.

These wildfires, which led to mandatory evacuations of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and many other communities, also threaten the millions forced to breathe the massive quantities of harmful pollutants released. At one point in June, Toronto had the worst air quality of any major city in the world due to forest fires in northeastern Ontario and Quebec.

We're calling on governments to put forward a science-based plan to address the climate emergency - join us!

The wildfire smoke that has surrounded millions of Canadians this season – impacting our health and wellbeing – is a reminder that we can’t escape the climate crisis. And, it is a taste of what’s to come unless our governments take decisive and strong action – now.

And, it’s not just the air we breathe, it’s much more: heat domes, powerful rainstorms, thawing permafrost and catastrophic hurricanes. The news cycle has become consumed by climate disasters of all types happening everywhere. 

The response should not be gloom and doom. The scientific consensus is clear. We can take action to mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis. There are solutions and opportunities! The technology and know-how are available, and time is of the essence. It’s critical that all orders of government end their support for the fossil fuel industries and focus on building a sustainable economy and society.

Nurses demand that politicians from all parties wake up to the urgency and scale of the emergency, and act accordingly.

Join us! Call on governments to put forward a science-based plan that addresses the scale and urgency of the climate crisis. Tell Premier Ford and Prime Minister Trudeau to behave like this is an emergency – because it is one!

Other ways you can get involved:

Engage with social media and amplify your action – sign and share the action alert, and tag @RNAO so we can share your message. Or, for more ideas and a list of demands, download this action and amplification pack [external link].

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The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
prime minister of Canada
Hon. Doug Ford
premier of Ontario
Hon. Chrystia Freeland
deputy prime minister and federal minister of finance
Hon. Bill Blair
federal minister of emergency preparedness
Hon. Steven Guilbeault
minister of environment and climate change
Hon. Jonathan Wilkinson
federal minister of natural resources
Hon. Pierre Poilievre
leader of the official opposition of Canada
Gérard Deltell
environment and climate change critic (Conservative)
Jagmeet Singh
Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, MP
Laurel Collins
environment and climate change critic (NDP)
Elizabeth May
MP and leader of the Green Party of Canada
Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy
minister of finance
Hon. David Piccini
minister of the environment, conservation and parks, progressive conservative party of Ontario
Marit Stiles
MPP and leader of the official opposition
Sandy Shaw
NDP Critic, Environment, Conservation and Parks, MPP
Peter Tabuns
NDP Critic, Climate Action , MPP
John Fraser
interim party leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and MPP for Ottawa South
Mary-Margaret McMahon
environment, conservation and parks critic (Liberal)
Ted Hsu
energy, mines, and natural resources and forestry critic (Liberal)
Mike Schreiner
leader of the Green Party of Ontario and MPP for Guelph
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