Why Climate Change is a Municipal Issue

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Councillor Allan Hubley expressed the view that the City’s greenhouse gas inventory was not a municipal issue. We’ve got to tell our City Councillors this opinion is misguided.

Climate change is everybody’s issue.

Undertaking actions to address it is the right thing to do.

That’s why the City of Ottawa’s Official Plan says

Climate change is one of the critical environmental challenges facing the world and measures to both reduce GHG emissions (mitigation) and prepare for the impacts of climate change (adaptation) need to be incorporated into all levels of City decision-making…

The City has made a commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in both corporate operations and at the community level.

Climate change is costing Ottawa taxpayers money.

Mayors and councillors of the most important cities in the world agree it is a municipal issue.

Two thirds of greenhouse gas emissions come from cities so climate solutions planned by the federal or provincial governments must necessarily impose responsibilities on the City of Ottawa in order to be implemented.

According to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

local governments have direct or indirect control over 45% of GHG emissions

By taking a lead in climate change responsibility the City of Ottawa will be better able to identify barriers to action that may be imposed due to senior governments’ jurisdictional responsibility.

Senior governments are more likely to take steps to address climate change if their municipal partners show enthusiasm in adopting measures.

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