Ottawa takes first step with climate emergency declaration, bold action must follow

By Brent Patterson,, April 29, 2019

On April 24, Ottawa City Council voted in favour of an eight-point motion to declare a climate emergency.

The National Post reports, "The capital city is one of a growing number of Canadian municipalities that have adopted similar declarations, including Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax and Kingston."

(...)Extinction Rebellion, an international grassroots climate justice group, argues that governments must declare climate and ecological emergencies, and work with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change. The Ottawa motion lacks language about communicating the urgency for change to the federal and provincial governments, as well as to city residents.

The group also demands that governments act immediately to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2025. Ottawa's motion only calls for the city to adopt a target of a 45 per cent reduction in 2010 levels by 2030.

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