WWF: Canada back on world stage as leader on climate change solutions

TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - In response to today's address from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the UN climate talks in Paris David Miller, President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund-Canada issued the following statement: 

"Prime Minister Trudeau made it clear today that Canada is back on the international stage as a leader on fighting climate change and assisting developing countries in adapting to environmental changes that are already underway.

Canada is matching its ambition with strong financial commitments, pledging $2.65 billion over next five years to help developing countries fight climate change, bringing Canada's total contribution to the Climate Fund at close to $4 billion.

WWF is happy to see that Canada is participating, along with 19 countries and 28 large-scale investors, in 'Mission Innovation', a fast-moving global movement to accelerate public and private clean energy innovation.

Canada is also showing that it's serious about putting a price on carbon by joining the World Bank's Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition. This leadership group brings together 16 national and three provincial governments, the private sector, and civil society to develop effective carbon pricing systems and policies.  

Today's announcements in Paris show that Canada is ready and willing to play a leading role in the fight against climate change. With such strong connections to WWF's goals to increase the use of renewable energy, foster strong sustainability commitments with leading businesses, cities, communities and individuals, this marks a major turning point for the country. 

This is a big day for Canada – welcome back!"


Image with caption: "WWF-Canada (CNW Group/WWF-Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151130_C8918_PHOTO_EN_555029.jpg

For further information: In Paris: Chris Chaplin, Senior Communications Specialist, WWF-Canada, cchaplin@wwfcanada.org, +1 416 669 9155; In Canada: Tammy Thorne, Senior Communications Manager, WWF-Canada, tthorne@wwfcanada.org, +1 416-347-1894

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