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Declaration for climate emergency acknowledgement: adopted unanimously on Monday, April 8, 2019, by the Borough Mayor and elected officials

April 11, 2019

During the last borough Council of Monday, April 8, 2019, the Mayor and elected officials unanimously approved the Declaration for climate emergency acknowledgement, proposed by City Councillor - Bois-de-Liesse District - M. Benoît Langevin.

WHEREAS last September 10, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, argued that “if we do not change orientation by 2020, we risk catastrophic consequences for human beings and natural systems which support us”;


WHEREAS last October 7, the Intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) has deposited a report which highlights the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas in order to limit global warming to 1.5 degree Celsius;


WHEREAS the existence in Montréal of an analysis per area of the social and territorial vulnerabilities in regard to climatic risks (droughts, flood, storms) followed by the adoption in November 2015 of a Climate change response plan throughout the Montréal agglomeration;


WHEREAS the launch, in July 2018, of the Stratégie montréalaise pour une ville résiliente;


WHEREAS last November 5, the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM), which includes 82 municipalities of the Montréal area, has unanimously adopted the Climate emergency citizen universal declaration designed to accelerate the implementation of the measures of reduction of the greenhouse gas and adaptation to climate change, and to encourage other levels of government to do likewise;


WHEREAS last November 19, the Ville de Montréal has unanimously adopted the Climate emergency citizen universal declaration designed to accelerate the implementation of the measures of reduction of the greenhouse gas and adaptation to climate change, and to encourage other levels of government to do likewise;

WHEREAS as highlighted in the Environmental transition pact, a Quebec citizen's initiative signed to date by more than 252 500 people, all government, corporate or civil society players can make a commitment today in individual and collective efforts for an environmental and energy wise transition;


WHEREAS the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro has adopted, on March 12, 2018 with resolution number CA18 29 0066, a 2018-2020 Local Plan for sustainable development;

It was moved by Councillor seconded by Councillor

 


THAT the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro also recognises the urgent need to act collectively  regarding climate change and accelerate the implementation of concrete measures to reduce the greenhouse gas and prepare its territory to the consequences of the climatic risks such as flood;


THAT the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro contribute, with the Ville de Montréal, to the commitments announced at the Global Climate Action Summit last September 12, aiming to contribute to achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2050, to move further towards the “Zero waste” objective and to make the City's entire building stock carbon neutral by 2050;


THAT the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro considerably intensify its efforts regarding sustainable mobility, greening and increasing of permeable spaces and deviation of organic waste from landfill;


THAT the Borough of Pierrefonds-Roxboro invite everyone, if not already done, to sign the Environmental transition pact and to continue its individual efforts to reduce its personal environmental footprint.