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City of Kingston Takes Bold Step to Combat Climate Change

March 8, 2019 -

On March 5, city council unanimously passed a motion that the City officially declare a climate emergency. The purpose of the declaration was for "naming, framing, and deepening our commitment to protecting our economy, our eco systems, and our community from climate change."   

While Kingston is the first municipality in Ontario to make such a declaration, the city follows three others in Canada who have taken similar steps.

"We declared a climate emergency as a way to signal Kingston's commitment to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions and developing new technologies to combat climate change," says Mayor Bryan Paterson. "An emergency is defined as a dangerous situation requiring an urgent response. We recognize climate change as a critical global issue, so we are making climate leadership a strategic priority here in Kingston."

The motion, brought forward by Councilor Robert Kiley, acknowledges the global scale of the economic, health, environmental and human impacts of climate change and recognizes international research indicates the world needs to massively reduce carbon emissions in the next 11 years to "avoid further and devastating economic, ecological, and societal loss."

See the full motion passed at council.