Today City Council voted to declare a state of climate emergency in Edmonton. The motion stated:
- that the City of Edmonton declare a climate emergency and
- that Administration report to Council quarterly on the City of Edmonton's climate action progress and future actions directed by Edmonton's Energy Transition Strategy.
“I’m glad to see this motion pass,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “City Council adopted two important resolutions today: a plan to respond to climate change with action and the climate emergency declaration which acknowledges this is an emergency.”
Edmonton joins other Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax in declaring climate emergencies in their municipalities. In June, the Government of Canada declared a nation-wide climate emergency.
Today’s climate-emergency declaration reaffirms the City’s commitment, laid out in Edmonton’s strategic plan, ConnectEdmonton, to being a climate resilient city.
Councillor Aaron Paquette, who introduced the motion, said: “The debate over whether climate change is real is over. The debate is: what are we going to do about it?”