As Chair of the Climate Change Task Force of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, it is an honour and privilege to be in Ottawa today for the historic signing of the Climate Change Action Covenant between the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Union of Municipalities of Quebec.
Climate change is a global problem that needs solutions at the local level. As we look for leaders in the charge towards environmental sustainability, I believe this leadership lies in the municipalities of Ontario and Quebec.
Municipalities have long been climate change champions. We support public transit, waste diversion, efficient municipal buildings and renewable energy measures, among other green infrastructure.
The City of Burlington is committed to the environment through initiatives like our Community Energy Plan, sustainable development, and support of responsible intensification to foster walkable, transit-friendly neighbourhoods.
Today’s signing solidifies our willingness to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our provincial and federal counterparts to take action on climate change.
Leading today’s signing are Gary McNamara, President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and Suzanne Roy, President of the Union of Quebec Municipalities.
“This historic agreement signals that AMO and UQM are going to combine our efforts as we look for solutions to the climate change problem,” said McNamara. “We want to signal that municipalities in Canada’s most populous provinces are willing partners in the fight against climate change.”
“The UQM is proud to sign a long-term partnership to promote the essential role of municipalities in the fight against climate change. We only have one planet, and as the level of government closest to the people, it is essential that municipalities act locally for the well-being of future generations,” said Roy.