Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Edmonton, Canada is hosting an international “Cities and Climate Change” Conference, to give city government officials and politicians a chance to discuss what they would like to do about climate change.
Cities will drive action on climate change, Edmonton council told ahead of international conference
‘You’ve renewed my sense of urgency but also my sense of hope,’ Mayor Don Iveson says
By Natasha Riebe, CBC News Posted: Mar 02, 2018 8:24 PM MT
Cities will play an integral role in curbing climate change in the coming years, Edmonton councillors heard at a special meeting Friday ahead of hosting an international climate conference next week.
Electric buses, public transportation, energy efficient buildings and reducing garbage are some of the initiatives that will drive change, councillors heard.
Council called the special meeting to get ready for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s three-day Cities and Climate Change Science Conference beginning March 5, when about 800 delegates from around the world are expected to attend.
“This is a huge opportunity for not just Edmonton, but for Alberta and Canada, to show our commitment to the world,” Mayor Don Iveson said.
Despite endorsing the conference, the Edmonton Journal accuses local city officials of falling behind on climate action;
… About 10 years ago, Edmonton adopted targets to help mitigate climate change. But as the city’s population grew and costs blossomed, the council recoiled. As time went on, the city pulled back on buying carbon credits to support renewable energy and slowed down the replacement of LED street lights.
Mayor Don Iveson said Friday that cities such as Edmonton that have a higher carbon footprint will have to do more. …
The proliferation of increasingly pointless taxpayer funded climate conferences is showing no signs of slowing.