To: City of Burlington
Scientists, including those from the International Panel on Climate Change and the Academies of Science in the G8 countries, are virtually unanimous in voicing concern about climate change. Mayors from around the world declared in December 2005 that "Climate change is a major global challenge requiring urgent and concerted action and collaboration by all orders of government."
In Canada, climate change is expected to result in water shortages, flooding of coastal areas, stress-related disorders caused by environmental migration, and extinction of the polar bear and other northern species. Although populations living in the Far North have produced insignificant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions, they are already affected and will suffer considerably from climate change
In the absence of a strong federal mandate to control greenhouse gas emissions from the Canadian government, the City of Burlington has an opportunity to be a leader in adopting the commitments of the Kyoto Accord. In Canada, 88 per cent of the population support the Kyoto Protocol (Centre for Research and Information).
We the undersigned believe the City of Burlington should respond to the growing threat of climate warming by creating and enacting climate change policies to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from City of Burlington sources, and to assist Burlington citizens and businesses in preparing for and adapting to a warmer climate.
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