Big role to play in fight against climate change
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.