City urged to show 'spine' on climate change

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, December 17, 2019

Environmental advocates are urging city councillors to show some "spine" as they usher Ottawa toward a cleaner, greener future.

At its meeting Tuesday, the city's committee on environmental protection, water and waste management endorsed tough new targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a new climate change master plan.

"The work laid out in this plan is enormous, but is in keeping with the enormous scale of work to be done," Sharon Coward, executive director of EnviroCentre, told councillors.

(...)"We've come a long way," said Robb Barnes of Ecology Ottawa, who believes the road map is directly linked to the declaration of a climate emergency in April.

Nudging builders to change

Barnes and others urged the city to move even faster on climate change. But emissions from city buildings, vehicles and landfills represent only a small part of the picture.

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