David Suzuki Foundation calls on all levels of government to choose
action instead of leaving the future to chance
VANCOUVER, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - Climate change is set to impact
everyday affordability for Canadian families, according to the Second
Installment of the Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The report, which focuses on the
impacts of climate change and how to cope with them (adaptation),
outlines how sweeping changes to our climate from the buildup of
heat-trapping emissions will mean higher food prices, direct threats to
our homes and communities and a hit to our economy—unless all orders of
government act now.
"Climate change is more than just an environmental issue," said David
Suzuki Foundation science and policy manager Ian Bruce. "This is an
economic and security issue that will impact everyone from the biggest
cities to the smallest towns."
"Communities and the families who call them home deserve our support
now, and every level of government has a responsibility to help solve
the climate change crisis," Bruce said.
The David Suzuki Foundation is calling on all levels of government to
take responsible action now to make sure Canadians don't struggle to
afford food and to ensure our economy remains strong. "One place where
we can make a difference today is investing in green infrastructure,"
said Bruce. "We need to get started on projects that help cool our
cities during extreme heat and absorb water to reduce the kind of
catastrophic flooding we saw in Calgary and Toronto last year."
Bruce stressed that government can also help industry develop more
sustainable practices to deal with a changing climate. "Every segment
of Canada will feel the pinch—from forestry and seafood to farming and
mining. That's why it's so important that we take action today, because
the longer we delay, the higher the costs and losses will be."
"We've seen leadership from cities and some provinces to address climate
change, but we need to do more to reduce the carbon emissions that are
driving this problem," Bruce said. "After all, our health and safety
will be determined by the choices we make now."
For IPCC media release and report:
David Suzuki Foundation media backgrounder is available here:
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SOURCE: David Suzuki Foundation
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