Climate Change meeting tonight

Thursday, 9 April 2015, 7 – 9 pm

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church

400 McArthur Avenue

9 April 2015 (Ottawa) – For the first time, elected representatives from all three levels of government – municipal, provincial and federal – will come together under one roof in the riding of Ottawa-Vanier to answer questions together about what they are doing to fight climate change. This event is being organized by Ecology Ottawa, in cooperation with ClimateFast.

The Member of Parliament, Member of Provincial Parliament and all three city councilors within the boundaries of the Ottawa-Vanier riding will be asked the question: “What is your level of our government going to do about the challenge of climate change and what will your role be as our representative?”

Elected attendees from the riding of Ottawa-Vanier will include:

  • Mauril Bélanger, MP, Ottawa-Vanier
  • Madeleine Meilleur, MPP, Ottawa-Vanier
  • Tobi Nussbaum, Councillor, Rideau-Rockcliffe
  • Mathieu Fleury, Councillor, Rideau-Vanier
  • Tim Tierney, Councillor, Beacon Hill-Cyrville

This Ecology Ottawa event is the first of its kind in Ottawa and members of the public are invited to attend, ask questions and make their voices heard.

“Blueprints for climate change action are easy to find,” says Graham Saul, Ecology Ottawa Executive Director. “The real challenge is marshaling the political will to do something about it.”

Climate change impacts have already made themselves felt in the Ottawa area through flooding, increased storm frequency and extreme temperatures. The urgency of this problem demands both accountability and collaboration from our elected officials.

Climate change has immediate relevance at all levels of government as a federal election is on the horizon, the Province of Ontario is currently preparing its climate change plan and municipal councillors are being asked to implement the City’s Air Quality and Climate Change Management Plan.

“The complexity of the climatic problem means that we need collaboration between all levels of government,” says Saul. “If we are successful in doing something about climate change then it will be because we were able to work together to create solutions.”

For more information, please contact:

Stu Campana
Climate Change Project Coordinator
Ecology Ottawa
613-860-5353
stu.campana@ecologyottawa.ca

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