The City of Vancouver's goal of shifting to 100 per cent renewable energy sources is a positive step that sets an example for other cities and regions. Big problems require big solutions. The City of Vancouver has become a leader with its plan to phase out environmentally damaging carbon emissions. Recent reports by the world's leading scientific body on climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, show that the climate change crisis is already having profound effects on communities around the world.
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"As greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and global temperatures continue to rise it is important to remember that our future will not be shaped by chance. Rather, the world we create will be built by the choices we make now and in the immediate future to prioritize clean energy," said David Suzuki Foundation science and policy manager Ian Bruce.
It's clear that climate change is not just an environmental issue. The World Economic Forum, World Bank, World Health Organization and International Energy Agency, which are not environmental organizations, have all stated that climate change is the most pressing issue of our generation. "This is an economic issue, a food security issue and a human security issue," Bruce said. "Moving to 100 per cent renewable energy is central to the solution."
The foundation looks forward to seeing clear deadlines for phasing out non-renewable energy and hopes the City of Vancouver's decision will inspire other regions nationally and internationally to adopt similar policies in the lead-up to the UN climate change conference in Paris in December.