Something is Missing from Ottawa’s Climate Change Management Plan

Something is Missing from Ottawa’s Climate Change Management Plan
Posted on May 16, 2014 | Lenore Fahrig | Written on May 16, 2014
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Letter type:
Unpublished

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Publisher:
Ottawa Citizen

Author's Note:

Author's Note:

I am concerned about the urgency of the climate change crisis, as spelled out clearly in the latest report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) (http://www.ipcc.ch/report/ar5/). The City of Ottawa should take this issue much more seriously than is suggested by its recently-issued Climate Change Management Plan.

This week the City of Ottawa posted its proposed new Climate Change Management Plan. This plan is an important step in a necessary transition to a sustainable future. But it has a hole. Our city should follow the lead of the 22 other cities that have committed to moving city investments out of oil, coal and natural gas (fossil fuel) companies (http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/).

Climate change is caused by burning fossil fuels. The aim of fossil fuel divestment is to take the financial incentive out of fossil fuels, to spur development of a green energy economy. Having both a climate change management plan and investments in fossil fuel companies is about as reasonable as having both a plan to fight cancer and investments in tobacco companies.

Mayor Bates of Berkeley, California, puts it simply: “We don’t invest in guns or tobacco, and we don’t invest in oil, either.” Without a commitment to fossil fuel divestment, the city’s Climate Change Management Plan rings a little hollow.

About The Author

Lenore Fahrig is a resident of Ottawa and a Biology Professor at Carleton University.

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Dureen Coade

Re: Climate Change Article

As far as I know the scientists are not in agreement about Climate Change Management. I do think we can and should clean up our pollution. Will that help our climate? I am not sure about that.
Maybe you know more about this than I do and I am willing to look at scientific facts.