Hamilton 350 Committee

Making Hamilton a leader in the fight for climate justice

We may have won the battle but the war's not over

Doug Ford has finally decided that the heat’s too much and has backtracked over the Greenbelt debacle. For the latest information, see the CBC, the Globe and Mail, and the Hamilton Spectator. And for a more insightful analysis, see The Conversation, which points out that the Greenbelt giveaway had nothing to do with creating affordable housing and suggests more sensible and realistic solutions.

In Hamilton, this means about 2000 acres of foodlands, forests, and wetlands should be safe from destruction. But it leaves another 5400 acres still exposed because of the Ford government’s forced expansion of Hamilton’s urban area despite overwhelming opposition from City Council and the public. A City-run survey in 2020 completed by more than 18,000 people chose “no boundary expansion” by over 90 percent. 

So the effort to protect our irreplaceable foodlands, forests, and wetlands has only been partly achieved. And we are still facing massive sprawl development that will greatly increase climate-wrecking greenhouse gas emissions while eliminating the very areas that can cushion us from climatic consequences.

The boundary expansion benefits the same development sector—and in many cases the exact same developers—as were poised to reap billions in the cutting up of the Greenbelt. The motivation of this government will always be profit over people, but now they’ve been shown to be vulnerable. So let’s build on this and fight the next battle in the knowledge that yes, we can win!

New & Noteworthy

24 August 2023: It’s possible to say No to oil – just ask the Ecuadorian people

People voted  overwhelmingly in favour of stopping oil drilling in Yasuní national park. Can this success be replicated elsewhere in the world?

Read the story.

22 August 2023: ExxonMobil’s greenwashing laid bare

A January 2023 article in the journal Science provided solid evidence that Exxon Mobile and other fossil fuel corporations knew that they were largely responsible for global warming yet buried the data in their pursuit of profit.

Read more

10 July 2023: Mitigating the heat emergency

H350’s Don McLean sent a proposal to Hamilton City Council suggesting that HSR’s air conditioned buses could add a cooling option for people who cannot afford A/C in their homes.

Read the proposal here.

Recent Posts

The following is extracted from an email sent to Hamilton 350 by one of our members. If I could, I…
Greenbelt Winners and Losers Who got paid off? That’s a key unanswered question in the Auditor-General’s damning report on how…
Proposal to City Council for Emergency Heat Relief Statement of the Hamilton 350 Committee, endorsed by ACORN Hamilton, Environment Hamilton, the…
RBC Protest at the Centre on Barton The Elders for Climate Sanity were at RBC at the Centre on Barton…

Get Involved!

We urgently need systemic change to address and minimize the effects of the climate crisis being felt all over the world. While Hamilton 350 can’t solve the world’s problems, we’re doing what we can to address the situation in our own backyard.

To do that, we need you and your energy, whether it’s for ongoing work in the committees, below, or for one-off actions and events. Hamilton 350 depends on the efforts of volunteers.

Climate Justice

Focusing on a just transition and ethical practices.

Conservation Matters

Responding to local attacks on the environment.

Elders for Climate Sanity

Taking climate action for the next generation.

Fossil Fuel Resistance

Promoting the transition to renewable energy.

Transportation Action

Pushing for free, frequent and electric public transit.

Other Initiatives

Provide support and direction for Hamilton 350.

If you don’t have spare time on your hands but can afford to make a GoFundMe donation to help further our work:

There are costs associated with organizing and holding events, getting the word out, providing honoraria for speakers and performers, hosting this website, and much more.

Why 350?

350 represents 350 parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.

What are we currently at?

For this statistic—and much more—see the website CO2-Earth.

Hamilton 350 acknowledges that we are on the traditional lands of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississauga peoples, which are governed by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Agreement and are covered by the Great Lakes Purchase of 1792.

Upcoming Events

  • Home Energy Efficiency Workshop
    28 Sep 2023 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
    CityLAB Hamilton, 58 Jackson St. W.

    Green Venture and Environment Hamilton are partnering with the City of Hamilton and energy sustainability activist Dave Braden to provide a…

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  • Fossil Fuel Resistance
    28 Sep 2023 | 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    2nd and 4th Thursday of the month.

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  • Beers and Bees
    10 Oct 2023 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    Shawn & Ed Brewing Co. (the Shed), 65 Hatt St, Dundas

    An evening with author and native-plant expert, Lorraine Johnson.

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Yay Hamiliton! Party tonight to celebrate making Ford back down once again on his Greenbelt Grab! Westtown Bar and Grill 214 Locke St S, Hamilton, ON L8P 4B4 from 8 p.m. on! ... See MoreSee Less
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Tomorrow people across the globe come together to take climate action! Hamilton, are you ready?Join us this Sunday to participate in two interconnected calls to action. Globally, there will be coordinated climate strikes demanding urgent and ambitious climate action and a fast, fair and equitable end to the era of fossil fuel supremacy. At the same time, people across Canada are coming together to advocate for safe status for all undocumented people. When we build solidarity between movements, we strengthen them both. 🫱🏿‍🫲🏽Global Climate StrikeSunday September 17 at noonHamilton City HallStatus For All ProtestSunday September 17 at 1:30 pmMP Filomena Tassi office1686 Main St W ... See MoreSee Less
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📣 The venue has changed for the City of Hamilton Special Meeting of Planning Committee aka HAMILTON'S GREENBELT PLAN!Mark your calendars! Organize your carpools! Let's show up for the Greenbelt!When: Thursday September 14thWhere: Ancaster Fairgrounds, Marritt Hall, 630 Trinity Rd S, Jerseyville Time: Rally starts at 5:30 pm / Meeting starts at 6:30 pmThe city is providing free shuttle bus service. More information about the service in our post!🚍 ➡️ ... See MoreSee Less
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We delegated in support of @keeptransitpub at LRT committee yesterday! Transit is KEY to having a sustainable city, and it’s got to be by the people for the people - not by subcontractors for profit

Sign & support #HSR LRT in #HamOnt 👇

Fantastic to see from these Councillors! #HamOnt Council needs to do the same. Environment Hamilton already has done so with other members of the Alliance for a Liveable Ontario back in August! #ONpoli

Swap Your Costumes! 🍂

It’s here! This fall on October 20, 2023 from 4pm - 7pm, join Green Venture and your local #HamOnt community at our Clothing and Costume Swap! Bring your little ones and your best Halloween ideas, and pick out some costumes!

The Keep Transit Public petition is at over 1000 signatures now! Keep sharing and stay tuned for more to come! https://keeptransitpublic.com/petition/.

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Design created by Grassy Narrows Youth Iruwa Da Silva and Mekaronti Da Silva

September 27th - 12pm - Grange Park!

#FreeGrassy #GrassyNarrows #LandAlliance

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