Climate Change Labels On Gas Pumps Are a Low Cost Way to Inform Public

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Climate Change Labels On Gas Pumps Are a Low Cost Way to Inform Public

by Gina-Marie Cheeseman
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Thursday, December 17, 2015 - 4:00pm

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A simple, low-cost way exists to raise the public’s awareness about climate change and its impacts. It’s a label on gas pumps; Robert Shirkey, a Canadian lawyer, came up with the idea. His goal is for people to understand the threat climate change poses. 

In 2013, Shirkey launched a non-profit organization called Our Horizon to further his gas pump label idea. The concept is one that is taking off, particularly in the greater Vancouver, Canada. The council of the City of North Vancouver voted unanimously to require climate change warning labels on gas pumps. It is the first municipality in the world to pass such a resolution. Other municipalities in Canada have passed non-binding resolutions.

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Gina-Marie Cheeseman is a central California-based journalist who writes about sustainability, environmental issues, and healthy living. With a degree in journalism and a passion for social responsibility, she writes for a number of online publications. She believes that collaboration between the public and private sectors can help solve many problems facing the planet and its people. Mashable.com named Cheeseman as one of the “75 Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter.”

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