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Federal Election Issue: Climate Change


ISSUE

  • Urgent investments need to be made to protect our city from storms and flooding caused by climate change.

BACKGROUND

  • Cities are on the front lines of extreme weather; from planning infrastructure, to ensuring community safety during an event, to cleaning up the damage after a storm has passed.
  • Storms and flooding are becoming increasingly severe, and the costs of dealing with the impacts continue to rise. By 2020, extreme weather caused by climate change will cost Canada $5 billion annually – forecast to reach a staggering $43 billion by 2050.
  • London is a leader in addressing emissions and planning for climate resiliency, but the need far outweighs what cities can do on their own.
  • The next federal government needs to provide the tools to empower cities to adapt to climate change, and protect families and businesses from extreme weather events.
  • Cities plan infrastructure far into the future, often a decade or more advance, and need to be able to rely on stable, predictable federal investments.
  • Helping cities prepare for the worsening effects of climate change is the best way to achieve national emissions targets and ensure safe communities for decades to come.

QUESTION

  • If elected, how would you and your party empower London to address and prepare for climate change and severe weather?

 

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