National Climate Assessment, Time to Get Real on Climate Change, and Canada in a Changing Climate

National Climate Assessment, Time to Get Real on Climate Change, and Canada in a Changing Climate   

                                

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. released its most recent National Climate Assessment, four years in the making. Not only did national media cover this broadly in the U.S., but President Obama spoke publicly, even addressing this year’s graduates at West Point Academy and telling them that wars will now be waged because of climate change. The front page of the Toronto Star declared the “real and present danger”. Authors of the NCA have taken great care to assure the language is as accessible as possible, and that resources are similarly accessible on their site http://nca2014.globalchange.gov   A two-hour press conference with a high-powered panel launched the release. Here is the correct link to that press conference:  http://www.c-span.org/video/?319224-2/white-house-unveils-climate-assessment-report  

Three days later, Bill Moyers interviewed David Suzuki as he said it ‘s Time to Get Real on Climate Change. http://billmoyers.com/episode/full-show-time-to-get-real-on-climate-change/

Little is it known that in June 2014, Natural Resources Canada released Canada in a Changing Climate: Sector Perspectives on Impacts and Adaptations. http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/environment/resources/publications/impacts-adaptation/reports/assessments/2014/16309  or http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/node/16309

No fanfare. No public statement by any Minister. Particularly conspicuous and irresponsible by her silence was Minister of Environment Leona Aglukkaq. Where is our two-hour press conference, our statement by the Prime Minister that acknowledges the clear and present danger? Where is the accessible language and resources?  

Canadians deserve better than this.

Please check our events listings for October and November in order to view and discuss the two-hour NCA press conference and Moyers interview with David Suzuki.