A Nelson environmentalist is urging his local MP to lobby the federal government to act following a report that said time is running out for the world to make changes to slow the impact of climate change.
Michael Jessen, a columnist for The Nelson Daily who writes Greening Up, recently hand-delivered the new Summary for Policymakers by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world’s most authoritative voice on climate science to Kootenay Columbia MP Wayne Stetski.
“I called on my MP to champion legislation that aligns Canada’s climate policies with the urgency of this report which clearly states that we have 12 years to prevent global warming beyond 1.5 degrees, and avoid the most devastating impacts of climate change,” Jessen said.
“While I was glad to watch an emergency debate last week in the House of Commons on this sobering report, Canada’s international climate commitments are as unambitious as they were under Stephen Harper - a known opponent to climate action. And we’re not even on track to meet those commitments.”
Jessen urged Stetski, who has gone on record supporting change, to voice the displeasure of constituents like Jessen.
“I called on (Stetski) to champion legislation that would freeze further fossil fuel expansion, strengthen Canada’s climate commitments, and accelerate the transition to 100% renewable energy,” Jessen said.
“This is the action that scientists are telling us we need.”
Jessen was accompanied by Diana van Eyk who presented Stetski with a petition supporting the "Delivering Community Power" proposal by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers and a number of other organizations.
The initiative shows how Canada can run entirely on renewable electricity by 2035 and transition to a 100% clean economy by 2050.