FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Passes Emergency Resolution on Climate Change
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Canadians for Action on Climate Change
On November 10, 2009 the Municipal Council of London Ontario signed an emergency resolution urging the federal government of Canada to take action on climate change. Canadians for Action on Climate Change (CACC) in solidarity with Council of Canadians, and the David Suzuki Foundation have since been advocating that citizens, other NGOS and other civil society groups urge other towns and cities to do the same. Citizens across Canada have been mobilizing for urgent action on the climate change crisis.
On November 20th FCM’s National Board of Directors approved an emergency resolution on municipal leadership in climate change action (please see below or http://www.fcm.ca/English/View.asp?mp=1164&x=1229 for resolution).
This resolution calls on the Government of Canada to recognize and support municipal leadership and action in greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction as part of Canada’s efforts to meet national or international climate change objectives.
The resolution is designed to tell the municipal story – that cities and communities act while others continue to talk – and it builds on the FCM campaign for federal support, including financial support, for municipal GHG reduction initiatives like landfill gas capture, fleet upgrades or building efficiency. The resolution, which is now on the FCM website, will continue to build political, media and public awareness of the FCM climate change position in the lead up to a report that will be released within two weeks. This report demonstrates that municipal GHG reduction strategies can make a substantial contribution to national targets at cost comparable or better than most other strategies currently being discussed.
Cory Morningstar, speaking for Canadians for Actions for Action on Climate Change, states “We now have a strong message coming from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities demanding action on climate change directed to the Harper minority government’. This is the kind of leadership Canadian citizens want to see from their mayors. The scientific research is overwhelming that the world is far beyond dangerous interference with the climate system as defined by the UN FCCC. We are now facing a real and rapidly rising risk of planetary catastrophe and therefore we are now, today, in a state of dire global emergency. Therefore – an emergency resolution is absolute common sense. We applaud the FCM for acknowledging this fact. We are now well on our way to six degrees – a temperature which would support little life. If this does not constitute a global emergency – we do not know what does.”
The growing national debate over Canada’s climate change action in the lead up to COP15, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change that begins in two weeks in Copenhagen, gives municipalities the opportunity to demonstrate that real change can result in more efficient and competitive cities and communities.
FCM will also be attending COP15 and will be providing support services to any Canadian municipal leaders present.
THE FOLLOWING EMERGENCY RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED AT THE NOVEMBER 2009 MEETING OF THE FCM NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Resolutions are placed in one of five categories.
LEADERSHIP ON CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION
BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Federation of Canadian Municipalities support the Government of Canada’s commitment to achieve a deal with real and meaningful action in Copenhagen.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities urge the federal government to recognize the important role that municipalities play in providing practical local solutions for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities urge the federal government to partner with and support municipalities in undertaking emission reduction projects.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Federation of Canadian Municipalities urge the Government of Canada to seek the re-inclusion of references to the role of and support for local government climate change action in the latest negotiating text of the Conference of the Parties, leading up to the Copenhagen meetings in December 2009.
City of London, Ontario
Regional Municipality of Halton
For more information please contact:
Cory Morningstar, Canadians for Action on Climate Change, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Lomack, Communications, Canadians for Action on Climate Change, 519.872.0978, email@example.com
Canadians for Action on Climate Change is a developing non-profit NGO of activists, academia, physicians and citizens focusing on climate change, true cost economy and relocalization. The organization seeks to provide news, reports and analysis to inform, educate and develop environmental policies for all levels of government in Canada. CCAC is committed to being part of an international movement against the destruction of our shared environment. For more information, see https://canadianclimateaction.wordpress.com/about/