QC writes PM on climate change

  • Dec. 28, 2009 1:00 p.m.

Climate change was on the agenda in Queen Charlotte with council voting to send a strong statement to Prime Minister Stephen Harper before he left for Copenhagen earlier this month. The resolution, passed at the Dec. 7 council meeting, said “local governments are where climate change happens and solutions must be found.” It called for the Ottawa to support a high-level role for local governments in negotiations and in creating solutions. The resolution was forwarded to the North Central Municipal Association, the Union of BC Municipalities, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and to provincial and federal government representatives for the area. The international negotiations for carbon reduction and limitation of atmospheric temperature rise (post 2012 Kyoto) were held in Copenhagen, Denmark from Dec. 7 – 18. Some at the talks praised Premier Gordon Campbell for the carbon tax, while other groups criticized Canada’s efforts on the whole, winning the country “The Fossil of the Year” award. Ben Wikler of Avaaz.org said, “Canada’s performance here in Copenhagen builds on two years of delay, obstruction and total inaction. This government thinks there’s a choice between environment and economy, and for them, tar sands beats climate every time. Canada’s emissions are headed nowhere but up.” In other climate change news, NaiKun Wind Energy Group signed the Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change, a statement with support from over 900 companies worldwide that calls for a cap on global greenhouse gas emissions. “The science is clear; we must take immediate and significant steps to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels,” said NaiKun CEO Paul Taylor. He says the project represents a significant opportunity for BC to contribute to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.