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Kingston Mayor joins global coalition tackling climate change

March 15, 2019 –

The City of Kingston has been confirmed as a member of the world's largest coalition of city leaders addressing climate change.

Mayor Bryan Paterson announced his intent to join the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy at the Feb. 19 regular council meeting. Membership was confirmed this week.

As a member of this global covenant, Mayor Paterson joins an international coalition of city leaders dedicated to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, making their communities more resilient to the unavoidable impacts of climate change, and providing access to sustainable energy.

"This is a good opportunity for us to work together and share best practices and innovative tools to make a real impact," says Mayor Paterson. On March 5, 2019, the City of Kingston became the first Ontario municipality to declare that climate change is an emergency that requires an urgent and strategic response. See the full motion passed at council.

As a member city of the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, Kingston will take stock of local greenhouse emissions and the current effects of climate change; create an action plan including clear and ambitious CO2 reduction targets, design resilience strategies, set goals to improve access to sustainable energy; and regularly report on the progress made.

"Joining the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy reinforces our city's commitment to prioritizing climate leadership," says Mayor Paterson.  "We are recognizing climate change as a critical global issue and undertaking the work necessary to ensure Kingston remains a smart, livable, leading City long into the future."

"The actions we take at a local level can have a global impact; by improving and investing in innovative approaches to tackle climate change, we will help create a better world for residents today, and for generations to come."

The Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together the commitments of thousands of cities in more than 120 countries and six continents, representing almost 10 per cent of the world's population as of March 2018. By 2030, Global Covenant cities and local governments could collectively reduce 1.3 billion tons of CO2 emissions per year from business-as-usual. This equals the emissions of 276 million cars taken off the road.

Visit www.globalcovenantofmayors.org to learn more about the Global Covenant of Mayors. To view Kingston's profile on the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, visit: www.globalcovenantofmayors.org/cities/kingston-on/#climate