Media Advisory/interview Opportunity - UN Climate Summit: Re-thinking how we can secure a climate-safe future

TORONTO, Sept. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - On Tuesday, September 23, nearly 200 heads of state will gather for another round of negotiations focused on cutting greenhouse gas emissions in order to avoid dangerous climate change.

Given that reduction targets have been set and missed since 1997 – the year the Kyoto Protocol was adopted – many observers have grown both weary and cynical about this approach to mitigating global warming.

Julia Langer, CEO of Toronto Atmospheric Fund and former policy advisor to Ontario Minister of Environment Jim Bradley, argues that we need to re-think how we negotiate our way to truly mitigating the impact of climate change: not by countries telling each other to cut, but by talking about improving energy productivity – doing more with less. Targets should be set in which numbers go up (increase efficiencies) instead of down (cut emissions).

Increasing efficiency through a combination of means including energy conservation measures will achieve the same result as cutting emissions. The difference lies in how to motivate countries to secure a climate-safe future for us and our descendents.

During Climate Week (September 22 – 28, 2014) Julia Langer is available to speak on this topic with the media.

Julie Langer, CEO of Toronto Atmospheric Fund, brings a wealth of experience in environmental campaigns that include spearheading initiatives on behalf of World Wildlife Fund Canada to address climate change, protect marine turtles and ban toxic chemicals.

About Toronto Atmospheric Fund

Toronto Atmospheric Fund is an arm's length agency of the City of Toronto. The organization's mission is to invest in urban solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

SOURCE: Toronto Atmospheric Fund

For further information: Media contact: Victoria Foote: vfoote@tafund.org, 416 393-6382 (o)/647 290-9384 (m)

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