Kamloops reaction to International climate agreement

By Adam Donnelly
December 14, 2015 - 4:52pm Updated: December 14, 2015 - 5:51pm

KAMLOOPS — Some are hailing it as a positive first step on the road to a global solution to climate change. Others aren’t as optimistic, but there’s no denying the Paris Agreement on climate change, signed by 195 countries, is a historic step.

The agreement will try to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than two degrees, and will also set up a $100-billion per year fund, meant to help developing countries with the use of renewable energy sources.

Cheryl Kabloona, with the BC Sustainable Energy Association, says it’s an historic agreement. "It's not perfect... [but] it's the best we can have. It represents a consensus of 195 countries."

Local MP Cathy McLeod says while there are parts of the agreement appear positive, her party has concerns when it comes to the implementation of the plan. "We don't know what Canada's targets are ultimately going to be, and how the minister plans to implement them, so there's significant work left to be done."

Canada has pledged to reduce emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels. Kabloona says the federal government now has to work with provinces to try and develop a national climate strategy, and hopes the Prime Minister's promise of investing in green infrastructure will find it's way to our city.

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