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December 9, 2009
Mayor David Miller calls on Torontonians to sign global petition pushing for climate deal in Copenhagen
On the eve of Mayor David Miller’s departure for Copenhagen, where he will represent Toronto as Chair of the C40 at the Climate Summit for Mayors, he invited Torontonians to join him in signing the “Hopenhagen” petition which calls for world leaders to reach an agreement to address climate change. The petition, which has been signed by more than 1.7 million people around the globe, will be presented to world leaders at the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference.

Mayor Miller, who helped convene the Climate Summit for Mayors, will continue to champion the leadership and actions taken by cities around the world and in Toronto, where the City has lowered its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40% since 1990. Toronto's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050. A recommendation from the mayors of the world to the heads of state of the world will be a central part of the summit.

“Toronto and other cities are leading the fight on climate change and we’re going to Copenhagen to show the world how,” said Mayor Miller. “I’ll be in Copenhagen as Chair of the C40 fighting for action on climate change with more than 100 mayors from around the globe because action is urgently needed. Torontonians want to live in a green city, and it’s in cities that the fight against climate change will be won or lost. I encourage all Torontonians to join me in signing the global petition which calls for world leaders to act now.”

Toronto leadership on the environment will be profiled in the “Future Cities Pavilion” along with nine other cities. Each of the cities has prepared a video which will run 24 hours a day for the duration of the UN Conference. Toronto’s video showcases many of the City’s environmental solutions including our Deep Lake Water Cooling system, the largest of its kind in the world. The system uses cold water from Lake Ontario to reduce the energy demand for air-conditioning in high-rise buildings in downtown Toronto, including City Hall, by up to 90 per cent.

Other high profile Summit events include a roundtable discussion - Cities act and show HOW! - where mayors will present case studies on environmental initiatives from their own cities.

Regular updates about the Mayor’s efforts at the Summit, and more information about the Climate Summit for Mayors and a link to the “Hopenhagen” petition can be found at

About the Copenhagen Climate Summit for Mayors
Mayors from more than 100 cities around the world will attend the Summit, which is being held alongside the United Nations heads of state Climate Change Conference. The Summit for Mayors is an opportunity for cities to continue their work in leading the global climate agenda and send a clear message to the heads of state and all residents that cities will continue to act to fight climate change. Toronto is represented at the conference by Toronto Mayor David Miller, Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group.

About C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
C40 is a group of the world's largest cities committed to tackling climate change. Cities have a central role to play in tackling climate change as cities bear a disproportionate responsibility for causing it. Cities and urban areas consume 75 per cent of the world's energy and produce up to 75 per cent of its greenhouse gas emissions. That is why it is important for cities to work together, set the agenda on this issue and show leadership on this issue. Through effective partnership working with the Clinton Climate Change Initiative C40, cities are reducing the emissions which contribute to climate change.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Stuart Green, Deputy Director of Communications, Office of Mayor Miller: 416-338-7119,



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