September 07, 2007 11:47 ET

WWF-Canada, The Pembina Institute, Greenpeace, Ontario Clean Air Alliance and Sierra Club, Ontario Chapter: "Renewable is Doable"

Environment Groups' Education Campaign on Ontario's Energy Future Moves into Election Mode

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2007) - "Renewable is Doable" is the key message of a voter education campaign launched today by WWF-Canada, The Pembina Institute, Greenpeace, Ontario Clean Air Alliance and Sierra Club, Ontario Chapter. The groups are asking Ontarians to consider a clean, climate-friendly energy future when they cast their ballot on October 10.

"All political parties are courting the environmentally-conscious voter," said Dr. Keith Stewart of WWF-Canada. "People don't look to environmental groups to tell them who to vote for, they look to us for clear, reliable information that will help them to evaluate policies, which is what the Vote for Clean Energy campaign provides."

The campaign offers voters two key ways for voters to declare their support for a clean, climate-friendly energy future for Ontario. Window posters with the tag line 'I want a clean energy future - and I vote' and virtual lawn signs are available on-line at www.voteforcleanenergy.ca. The site also shows the number and locations of virtual lawn signs across the province.

"We know from our research that the clean energy future voters want is possible," said Cherise Burda, Ontario Policy Director of the Pembina Institute. "Let's be clear - it is possible for Ontario to get most of its energy from renewables; we do not need new sources of nuclear energy."

"The next government will either make Ontario an environmental laggard by becoming a world leader in 1970s nuclear technology by 2025, or make this province competitive with other leading jurisdictions that are keeping the lights on without nuclear power," said Shawn-Patrick Stensil, Energy Campaigner with Greenpeace Canada.

The Vote for Clean Energy campaign and the groups involved are explicitly non-partisan. The aim of the campaign is to provide voters with useful and well-researched information about the opportunity for clean, climate-friendly energy in Ontario. With the help of volunteers from around the province, the campaign is undertaking outreach and education, supporting events in key ridings, providing information and practical tools for candidates, and providing a comprehensive perspective on the environment/energy issues arising during the election.

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