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Quebec, British Columbia, Ontario and California Unite Against Climate Change

Written by; Markus MacIntyre / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Tue Dec 09 2014

  


A joint statement was released yesterday by the Government of Quebec along with the governments of British Columbia, Ontario and the State of California reaffirming a commitment they share in the fight against world-wide climate change.

The Province of Quebec has made the fight against climate change a priority for years now. The Provincial government has intensified efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent below 1990 levels by the year 2020. With this, Quebec has developed a "2013 - 2020 Climate Change Action Plan". The Action Plan addresses green energy, energy efficiency, the development of clean technologies and sustainable land development for use in areas such as electrification of transportation. Quebec took a common position with the State of California in utilizing a cap and trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances, which was linked to California's system on January 1, 2014.

In Lima, Peru, world negotiators gathered to establish bases for a new agreement on climate change in a run up to the Paris Conference of the Parties of 2015. The 4 subnational states expressed their desire to pursue a joint effort to fight against climate change to encourage an implementation of climate friendly world-wide measures. All parties recognize the threat that climates change poses to both the economy and the environment. They have all stated their goals to work in concert towards green-house gas emission reduction in the near future.

Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change stated that, "Ontario is proud to be among many jurisdictions in North America that recognize the urgent need to stop the irreparable damage caused by climate change."

Mary Polak, British Colombia Environment Minister stated, "It is important for jurisdictions like British Columbia to demonstrate the many ways we can contribute to global climate action."

Matthew Rodriquez, California Secretary for Environmental Protection added, "Our experience demonstrates that committing to a clean energy future is also a powerful means to drive economic growth."

The entire joint statement can be viewed on the "Ministere du Developpement" website.

  

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