Campaign launch: Free Public Transit for Ottawa, Monday, October 23 at 7:30pm
Solidarity Ottawa’s Eco-Justice Committee is convening a public meeting to launch a campaign for Free and Accessible Public Transit. The speakers at the event, including Stefan Kipfer from Free Transit Toronto Now, will provide insight into challenges and ways forward. Free transit is the future. The movement starts here.
The movement for Free and Accessible Public Transit starts here
100 cities around the world have free public transportation systems and more than 50 more, including Calgary and Winnipeg, already offer portions of their transit system completely free to the public. If we want to be leaders in transportation, climate change, and equality, we need to be creative in our pursuit of a better system.
Solidarity Ottawa’s Eco-Justice Committee aims to start by building a community of support for Free and Accessible Public Transit. We want to explore what accessible means to different groups. We want to fight for more municipal control over funding, so Ottawa could have the means to adjust taxes and fund this initiative.
We need to pursue new ways of imagining our lives, and our connections to our cities and the people around us. This means abandoning cars as our main source of transportation. The driving and production of cars are major contributors to CO2 emissions, and this can’t change unless our cities are designed to treat transit as a public utility for all.
Solidarity Ottawa’s Eco-Justice Committee is a group of people who share a common goal of a more equitable, sustainable future for all. We think that environmental issues must be considered at the forefront of these questions and goals, since environmental degradation threatens the dignity of all. The impacts of climate change will be particularly aggressive for the poor, vulnerable and marginalized people of the world. In pursuit of climate action, we are running a campaign for Free and Accessible Public Transit. We think that it is not only possible, but non-optional.
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For more information or to get involved, email the Eco-Justice Committee.