E-Newsletter (November 2015)

Read the full October 2015 Briefing Notes.

With the Paris climate talks (COP21) around the corner, we are dedicating this issue of our monthly e-newsletter to climate action.

There is much hope for the climate discussions in Paris, despite the horrific terror attacks. If anything, this may strengthen all of our resolve to replace the expiring 1990 Kyoto agreement—the world’s first emission reduction treaty—with a new global agreement on climate change.

As Canadians, we are ready to stand proud in the U.N. corridors, especially with our new federal government, a new environment & climate change minister, and a historic climate change policy for Alberta.  We are poised to recoup some of our cherished international leadership role on the environment.  Having gone from leader to laggard in the last decade — a Climate Action Tracker analysis this spring put us at 58th of 60 countries — there is definitely work ahead.

Everyone from multilaterals like the U.N., governments like Canada, and provinces like Ontario, Alberta and Saskatchewan (highlighted below) has a role to play in fighting climate change.

So do local governments, whose decisions impact, either directly or indirectly, up to 45% of green house gas emissions.

I’ll be part of the civil society presence in Paris for the climate discussions.  I’ll be sure to share updates when I return, but in the meantime, please look out for us on Twitter (@CBColumbia) and Facebook!

All of us can be part of the conversation on how climate action is an integral part of building inclusive, sustainable and healthy cities.

Thanks for all you do.

Charley Beresford
Executive Director

About Christine Boyle

Christine was the Columbia Institute's Strategic Communications Specialist from 2010-2016. She has a range of experience in communications, strategic planning, community development, education, and front line social service. Christine is also a founder and Director of Fossil Free Faith, and an organizer with The Self Care Project. She holds a BSc in Urban Agriculture and First Nations Studies from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in Spiritual Leadership for Social Change from Berkeley, California.