On a beautiful summer Sunday morning, Paul visited friend of the podcast and previous guest Rob Shirkey at his house for a lovely brunch of banana and Nutella crepes. They then clipped on some microphones and went for a walk and talk through a ravine down the street from Rob’s house. Although they were in the city of Toronto, the ravine brought them close to nature. Fitting, since Rob’s organization, Our Horizon, takes on the realities of climate change.
Our Horizon is a national not-for-profit organization that works with governments to require climate change labels on gas pumps. The idea is a low-cost, globally-scalable intervention to communicate the hidden costs of fossil fuels to end users and drive change upstream.
On January 26, 2015, West Vancouver Council unanimously passed a resolution “that all vendors of retail petroleum products in Canada be legislated to provide warning labels on all pump handles.” This resolution has since been supported by numerous communities across Canada. On September 25, 2015, mayors and councillors from across British Columbia voted at the Union of British Columbia Municipalities annual convention to support and implement where possible climate change labels on gas pumps. On November 16, 2015, the City of North Vancouver became the first jurisdiction in the world to pass a law requiring climate change labels on pumps at gasoline retailers. The idea is also being pursued by several cities in the United States.
With similar labels on tobacco packages all over the world, this idea has been primed to go global. Our Horizon’s vision is to continue to create precedents in North American communities and share these examples of leadership with the world.
As Paul and Rob progressed further down the ravine, they talked about the new developments that have happened with Our Horizon since the last time Rob visited the podcast. To listen to the background of how and why Rob started Our Horizon, listen to his episode at the link below:
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