The Ed­mon­ton Dec­la­ra­tion gets U.S. agree­ment

Spear­headed by Mayor Don Ive­son, doc­u­ment asks cities to work with sci­en­tists to take a stand on cli­mate change

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ED­MON­TON—AS ten­sions mount be­tween Canada and the U.S. on the trade front, mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers have pledged to work more closely to­gether to fight a com­mon en­emy: cli­mate change.

On Mon­day, the United States Con­fer­ence of May­ors en­dorsed the so-called Ed­mon­ton Dec­la­ra­tion, a lo­cally cre­ated doc­u­ment that asks mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to take a stand on rising global tem­per­a­tures. The con­fer­ence, which ran from Fri­day to Mon­day, rep­re­sented more than 1,400 U.S. cities, in­clud­ing some of the largest, like Bos­ton, Pitts­burgh and Wash­ing­ton.

The Ed­mon­ton Dec­la­ra­tion — spear­headed by Ed­mon­ton Mayor Don Ive­son — is a three-page doc­u­ment calling on all lev­els of gov­ern­ment to recognize tar­gets set un­der the Paris Agree­ment, and im­ple­ment science-based poli­cies to re­duce green­house gas emissions.

This lat­est show of sup­port for the dec­la­ra­tion fol­lows an en­dorse­ment from the Fed­er­a­tion of Canadian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, which rep­re­sents nearly 2,000 Canadian cities. STAY UP­DATED AT

From Neil Young and Drake to pou­tine and north­ern hos­pi­tal­ity, many of Canada’s in­ter­na­tion­ally known trade­marks be­came fod­der for com­pli­ments on so­cial me­dia us­ing the hash­tags #Thankcanada and #Thankscanada. The ges­tures of sup­port fol­lowed a clash of words be­tween Trump and Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau af­ter the G7 lead­ers’ sum­mit.

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