Actions against climate change
On December 2, 120 people from the region gathered in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to discuss climate change solutions with experts.
The experts were Julie Posca from Iris, Patrick Bonin from Green Peace and Lorraine Simard from Comité 21 Québec and Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
All were of the same opinion: the urgency is there - Canada must respect its commitments made in Paris and reduce its GHG emissions by 45% by 2030.
Among the messages from the experts and the Deputy:
The Government of Canada must act:
Expert on climate change, Patrick Bonin of Greenpeace spoke of the importance for Canada to respect not only its own (but weak) targets but the Paris Agreement. Anne Quach tells us that in both cases, Canada is failing to meet its commitments, and has no action plan to reduce GHGs. The Auditor General of Canada estimates that the country will exceed its 2030 targets by 66 megatonnes of GHGs, which equates to the pollution of 15 million vehicles.
Anne Quach: "The Federal Government must impose public policies to oversee the transition and help the development of local economies. I will do my best to convince my fellow Liberal MPs to accelerate the pace in this direction because I want to be able to continue to live healthy with my family. "
Inaction is no longer an option:
Julie Posca, a sociologist and researcher at IRIS, unveiled the impacts of the price of inaction, including the cost to public health caused by air pollution, the infrastructure burden created by natural disasters and the degradation of our ecosystems generated for example by plastics in our oceans and deforestation.
Citizens can contribute in their daily lives:
All stakeholders cited the many actions citizens can take, which are good for the environment AND for the portfolio, such as eco-driving, public transit, driving an electric vehicle and reducing fuel consumption. MP Anne Quach is asking us to "consume less and better".
SMEs need help to make a transition:
Expert on the transition in business, Lorraine Simard talked about the urgency, to act. Change must be at the structural level in order to create a new 21st century economy, thinking about the impact of our local changes elsewhere in the world.
Through their presence and participation in the discussions, the citizens present clearly demonstrated their motivation to take action to preserve our planet and to push for the Federal Government to put a plan of action in place. An on-site survey on the best ways to put pressure on the Government showed the willingness of citizens to take part in the following actions. Results by popularity in descending order:
1. Sign a petition, The Transition Pact and / or the Citizens' Emergency Declaration
2. Participate in a demonstration
3. Join an existing citizen committee
4. Communicate regularly with elected officials
5. Create a new citizen group
6. Write a letter to the newspaper
For the list of organizations working in the environnement in the region and the petition calling for a plan to address climate change in the Government of Canada: