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. The concept was developed by Our Horizon‘s founder and Toronto-based lawyer Robert Shirkey.
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 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. Visit the Our History page for a list of selected milestones.
With similar labels on tobacco packages all over the world, this idea has been primed to go global. Our vision is to continue to create precedents in North American communities and share these examples of leadership with the world in early 2016. To that end, we have volunteers across Canada who are visiting government websites to help us build a massive database of politicians’ emails from around the globe. While we already have thousands of emails, we still need more. Please click here to volunteer some time to help us out. Imagine if the email you copied and pasted meant that we were able to connect with a politician who championed the idea in their own country. You’d be able to say, “Cool, I did that!” Sign up here to help.
>> Municipal World article by Rob Shirkey: March 2015 [Download PDF]
>> Municipal World article by Rob Shirkey: April 2015 [Download PDF]
>> Legal reports for municipalities: [Link to reports]
>> Hour long lecture for the AVICC by Rob Shirkey: [Link to video on YouTube]
>> Ten minute TEDx talk by Rob Shirkey: [Link to video on YouTube]