Cli­mate change fo­cus of Mon­day meet­ing

The Peterborough Examiner - - News - JES­SICA NYZNIK Ex­am­iner Staff Writer Jes­sica.Nyznik@pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

Peter­bor­ough-Kawartha MP Maryam Mon­sef will be meet­ing with lo­cal ac­tivists Mon­day to ad­dress their con­cerns about cli­mate change.

Mon­sef will be speak­ing to mem­bers of Peter­bor­ough Al­liance for Cli­mate Ac­tion (PACA) in re­sponse to the let­ter they de­liv­ered Oct. 26. About 60 peo­ple ral­lied out­side Mon­sef’s Bethune St. Con­stituency Of­fice that day, be­fore hand­ing over a mes­sage out­lin­ing their de­mands of the fed­eral govern­ment.

The group high­lighted the need to elim­i­nate fos­sil fuel sub­sides, to put a greater price on car­bon, for greater fund­ing for a tran­si­tion to re­new­able and for a pro­gram to ed­u­cate the pub­lic on the grow­ing threat of cli­mate change. PACA is us­ing in­for­ma­tion from a re­cent In­ter­gov­ern­men­tal Panel on Cli­mate Change re­port to back their de­mands.

The re­port in­di­cates that global warm­ing con­tin­ues to in­crease at a rate that will lead to dis­as­trous con­se­quences. Fur­ther­more, if the over­all global tem­per­a­ture is not lim­ited to a cer­tain de­gree by 2030, changes to the cli­mate will be un­con­trol­lable, ac­cord­ing to PACA. The group is ask­ing Mon­sef and the govern­ment to com­mit to the rec­om­men­da­tions stated in the in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal re­port, such as a 45 per cent re­duc­tion in car­bon emis­sions by 2030 and zero car­bon emis­sions by 2050.

About 60 cit­i­zens are ex­pected to at­tend the meet­ing with Mon­sef on Mon­day at 11 a.m.

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