Our Horizon is a national not-for-profit organization that’s working with municipalities to require climate change labels on gas pump nozzles. The idea is a low-cost, globally-scalable intervention to create social environments that favour reform.
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. The idea is also being pursued by several cities in the United States. Visit the Our History page for a list of selected milestones.
The concept was developed by Our Horizon‘s founder and Toronto-based lawyer Robert Shirkey. It has been endorsed by over a hundred academics and leaders in their field from disciplines including the natural sciences, social sciences, public policy, and economics at universities across North America. NGOs such as the David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and the Clean Air Partnership have similarly endorsed the idea.
Our vision is to continue to create precedents in North American communities and take these examples of leadership to the United Nations’ COP21 climate change conference in Paris this December to share with delegates from around the globe. With similar labels on tobacco packages all over the world, this idea has been primed to go global. The idea is perhaps the lowest cost climate intervention in the world yet has the potential to be among the most impactful. Want to volunteer some time to help us out? You can go here to make the idea happen in your own community and go here to help us share it with the world!
>> 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]
>> Lecture for the AVICC by Rob Shirkey: [Link to video on YouTube]
>> TEDx talk by Rob Shirkey: [Link to video on YouTube]