Statement from Mayor Robertson on Climate Change

“Today’s news that 2015 was the hottest year on record is another foreboding reminder that climate change cannot be ignored. The threat is real and all levels of government need to act urgently to dramatically reduce fossil fuel pollution and protect our environment and economy. In today’s connected world, the increasing severity of droughts, storms, sea level rise and heat waves puts all of us at risk.
 
"In Vancouver, 2015’s weather was another wake-up call. Extended water restrictions and air quality warnings from forest fires were just two examples of the future we face with a changing climate.
 
"City Hall has made reducing climate pollution a major priority – and we’ve cut our emissions to the lowest per person in North America, while leading Canada's cities in economic growth. Vancouver is the first major city in Canada to have a climate change adaptation strategy, and our plan to shift to 100% renewable energy by 2050 or sooner sends a clear market signal that we are eliminating fossil fuel pollution and investing in green jobs.
 
"Sitting on the sidelines is not an option while our climate puts our children’s future at risk. The success of COP21 demonstrates that international momentum for climate action is growing, and Vancouver will continue to aggressively lead the shift to a healthy green economy."

Gregor Robertson
Mayor, City of Vancouver