Big role to play in fight against cli­mate change

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS BRIEFS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

More than 1,500 elected of­fi­cials and ad­min­is­tra­tors took part, Fri­day morn­ing in Que­bec City, in the Grand Fo­rum sur les change­ments cli­ma­tiques which took place dur­ing the 2016 an­nual sit­ting of the Union des mu­nic­i­palites de Que­bec (UMQ). A clear con­sen­sus that came from the fo­rum was that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties have an un­mis­tak­able role to play in the com­ing years in the world fight against cli­mate change.

A dozen ex­perts and per­son­al­i­ties from the re­gion and else­where in­ter­acted with the an­i­ma­tor of the event, jour­nal­ist Stephan Bu­reau, and the other par­tic­i­pants: Louis Gis­card d’Es­taing, mem­ber of the As­so­ci­a­tion des maires de France and the mayor of Chamalieres; and Gary McNa­mara, pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of On­tario and the mayor of Te­cum­seh. Many ques­tions rose dur­ing the dis­cus­sion on im­por­tant top­ics such as pub­lic trans­port and sus­tain­able en­vi­ron­ments.

“The Som­met des elus lo­caux pour le cli­mat and the COP21 con­fer­ence con­firmed that the ac­tion of lo­cal gov­ern­ments was at the centre of world ef­forts to re­duce green­house gas emis­sions. Through lo­cal ini­tia­tives in all the re­gions of Que­bec, elected of­fi­cials make con­crete ges­tures daily to im­prove the qual­ity of life of cit­i­zens. This is why it is es­sen­tial to sup­port them ad­e­quately,” said the new pres­i­dent of the UMQ, Bernard Sévi­gny, also the mayor of Sher­brooke.

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