CUPE N.S. tells energy minister to start 'walking the walk' on climate change



    HALIFAX, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - The president of CUPE Nova Scotia says Energy
Minister Richard Hurlburt and his department need to "start walking the walk,
and not just talking the talk, when it comes to climate change the province's
energy plan.
    Responding to the government's Energy Strategy and Climate Change Action
Plan Danny Cavanagh says, "First of all, the targets outlined for 2020 are too
low and deadlines are too far off and they have no room for involvement with
interested community groups.
    Says Cavanagh, "The mandate for climate change falls under the Department
of Energy, which is removed from the Department of Environment and Labour.
This makes no sense. Cavanagh says there are things this government can do to
affect climate change that are not mentioned in the background or consultation
papers. They include:
    
    -Change building standards so that new buildings are green;
    -Change emissions regulations and make hybrid vehicles more accessible
    -Buy local;
    -Make solar panels and other renewable energy sources accessible to all
     Nova Scotians;
    -Support green workplace initiatives;
    -Change transportation policies to reduce travel and encourage
     videoconferencing as an alternative to face to face interaction;
    -Provide Nova Scotians with an efficient public transportation system
     that will limit the number of cars driven each day.
    
    Cavanagh says CUPE would like to see our provincial government become
environmental leaders and make communities healthy places to live.




For further information:

For further information: Danny Cavanagh, President,CUPE Nova Scotia,
(902) 957-0822; John McCracken, CUPE Communications Rep., (902) 455-4180 (0),
jmccracken@cupe.ca

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