To: Ottawa City Council

Make solar panels mandatory

Hardly anything is being done by the Ottawa City Council to tackle climate change. The last budget didn't fund any substantial programs, but there are other ways that the Council can approach this problem; specifically, the Council has the power to change the city's building code. We suggest that the code be amended to include the mandatory inclusion of solar panels on any new building.

Why is this important?

We all know the effects of climate change, and we also know that something has to be done about it before it is too late. Not just for our own wellbeing, but for the security of our children and grandchildren. We all know that increasingly violent and deadly storms, floods, fires and droughts are becoming daily items on the news. We must take action. Something as simple as amending the city's building code is one step towards greening the environment, and doesn't even require a lot of individual sacrifice.