Saving the Planet One Story at a Time
menu +

Leading by Example

Olivia Chow: Leading by example

We are blessed as Canadians. There’s the huge boreal forest and all these lakes and fresh water around us and we have the responsibility to not destroy it”
– Olivia Chow


Olivia Chow has been involved in politics since she was a elected as a School Trustee in 1985. Since then, she has been elected as a Toronto city, a Member of Parliament with the NDP, and more recently, run for Mayor of Toronto.

She and her late husband, NDP leader Jack Layton, brought their party to new highs during the 2011 Canadian federal election. Together, they used a progressive platform, in which environmental issues took a key role, to take the New Democratic Party to the position of Official Opposition for the first time in its history.

Olivia walks the walk when it comes to the environment. She bikes everywhere and has put a great deal of effort into making her home eco-friendly. Features such as solar panels, geo-thermal heating, and superior insulation ensure that her home is so energy efficient that it produces more power than it consumes.

Music by Chris Birkett

What You Can Do

Watch this video of Olivia giving a tour of her home. Get inspired with ways you can implement some of these ideas in your own home now or for your next home renovation.

Politicians at all levels of government can make a difference. During an election campaign ask your candidates, whether they are federal, provincial or municipal, for their position on a pertinent environmental issue.

Other Resources

See 50 easy and affordable tips on how to make your own house eco-friendly.

If you’re looking for a bigger project, here’s a guide on how to make your next renovation a green one.

Spread the Word

Back to Nature - Olivia Chow1 - credit, Justin ArjuneKeep up with Olivia Chow’s mayoral campaign on Facebook

Follow Olivia on Twitter

Join Green Heroes™ Academy



A single act, done by many, makes a big difference. Join the Green Heroes™ Academy to discover green acts that are fun to do and that earn you points on your way to becoming a Green Hero too!

[ Return to Campaigns