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2005 12 02
Toronto’s Climate Change
imageThe United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change launched in Montreal this week. That's too bad because the media attention the conference should receive will be pushed off the front pages by our hastily called federal election. After all, the conservative's announcement of a 1% cut in the GST is much more important than being able to breath ten years from now.

If you think that's hyperbole then you've probably forgotten that Toronto had more smog days this year - and more consecutive smog days - than any other year in our history.

William McDonough, the renowned architect and environmentalist, was in Toronto this week as part of a round-table on sustainability. His message was simple. We either have to stop killing the environment or "we're doomed."

McDonough should know. His book, "Cradle to Cradle" provides a blueprint for the changes industries and governments have to make to stop environmental degradation. The President of Ford Motor Company is a believer. So is the President of China where McDonough is building a green city.

So where is the Kyoto Accord on our political agenda? Well, we're way behind - further behind in fact than the Americans. Our record is abysmal.

To find out what other countries are doing to protect the environment, go to UNCCC for an update. Oh, and when your local MP comes around asking for your vote be sure to ask what they are doing about the environment.
[email this story] Posted by R Ouellette on 12/02 at 03:24 PM

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