13 APRIL 2015
(Fredericton, NB) On, Tuesday April 14th David Coon, MLA Fredericton South and leader of the Green Party of New Brunswick will be part of the New Brunswick delegation to Premiers' Climate Summit to be hosted in Quebec City by Premier Couillard to discuss renewed efforts to fight climate change.
"This summit needs to be crucial turning point for Canada and New Brunswick," said Coon. "It must be a catalyst for a new level of climate change action in New Brunswick and across the country if we are to do our part to avoid 2 degrees of warming."
Premier Gallant has said he is looking forward to working with the other Premiers to advance the battle against climate change, nationally and internationally.
That is what New Brunswickers want too. In a poll released by Oracle Research last week, 70 % of New Brunswickers want a legally binding cap on carbon pollution, 73% want a renewable energy strategy to create green jobs, and nearly 70% want a commitment to phase out coal, oil, and gas and replace them with renewable energy sources.
"It is time for increased commitments to combat climate change from all provincial leaders," said Coon. "This is what the people of New Brunswick want and it is what all Canadians need as we look toward a new international agreement to be struck in Paris in December to avoid 2 degrees of global warming."
Coon has over 25 years of experience in climate change policy and advocacy in New Brunswick and Canada. He is a past-chair of the Canadian Climate Action Network, provided input into New Brunswick's 2006-2012 Climate Action Strategy, attended the United Nations Climate Summit in Montreal in 2005, played a role in the work of the New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers 2001 climate action plan, and contributed to the development of Canada initial climate action plan in 1994.