The recent election of a Liberal government led by Justin Trudeau certainly made an impression. Whether the topic is culture, science, First Nations' rights or even international relations, it feels like a weight has been lifted from the country's shoulders.
Once again, Canada has the potential to be an environmental leader on the international scene with ambitious climate change targets. Many people are delighted at the thought of losing our reputation as an environmental offender, which we sadly acquired these last few years for aligning our interests too closely with those of the oil industry.
The 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) opens in Paris at the beginning of December, and we have high hopes for the new government, in particular the new Minister for the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna.
Équiterre will be actively monitoring the preparations for and involved in this major international climate meeting, which should lead to a universal, binding agreement for participating countries. A delegation from Équiterre will be in Paris, including Steven Guilbeault, who will be reporting regularly on the progress of the negotiations via short videos and social media. He'll also be participating in a live Paris-Montreal conference with David Heurtel, the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change. This is a unique opportunity to feel like you're at COP21! Sign up now to attend.
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