Al Gore, Felipe Calderon, Governor Jerry Brown to speak at Ontario climate summit

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5 June 2015

LONDON: Climate leaders from across the Americas, including former US vice-president and Nobel laureate Al Gore, California Governor Jerry Brown, and former president of Mexico Felipe Calderón will join Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Québec Premier Philippe Couillard at Ontario’s Climate Summit of the Americas in Toronto from July 7-9, 2015.

Governor Brown is leading the fight against climate change in California and was the driving force in establishing his state’s carbon market. Last month, he announced a bold effort by sub-national leaders from across three continents – the Under 2 Memorandum of Understanding - to limit warming to below 2 C.

Felipe Calderón is chair of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, an international initiative to analyze and communicate the economic benefits and costs of acting on climate change.

Al Gore is chair of The Climate Reality Project, a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness about the urgency of the climate crisis. In 2007, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in informing the world of the dangers of a warming climate and the actions needed to avoid a climate catastrophe.

The summit will build on the action that Ontario has already taken against climate change including announcing a cap and trade program to limit the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution, setting a 2030 mid-term target for greenhouse gas pollution reduction, ending coal-fired electricity generation and electrifying and improving Ontario’s commuter rail network.

Climate change is already impacting our environment, causing extreme weather like floods and droughts, as well as our ability to grow food in some regions. Over the near term, it will increase the cost of food and insurance, harm wildlife and nature, and eventually make the world inhospitable for our children and grandchildren.

Fighting climate change while keeping industries competitive and strong is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by making the largest investment in public infrastructure in the province’s history, investing in people’s talents and skills, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Glen Murray, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario comments: “Al Gore, Felipe Calderón and Jerry Brown are at the forefront of the fight against climate change. Ontario is proud to feature them as keynote speakers at our Climate Summit of the Americas. We look forward to hearing and learning from their expertise and insights on effectively fighting climate change and how collaborative efforts such as our summit can lead to real progress, improved productivity across all sectors of the economy, greater global prosperity and ultimately a better quality of life for all of us.”

Key facts about the summit include:

  • Government leaders representing regions across the Americas, including Brazil, Mexico, the US and Canada, will also be in Toronto to participate in the summit.
  • The goal of the summit is to mobilize and advance collective action on climate change ahead of the Conference of the Parties in Paris in December 2015.
  • According to the Conference Board of Canada, each $100 million invested in Ontario in climate-related technologies is estimated to generate a gain of $137 million in GDP, $25 million in tax revenue and 1,400 new jobs.

Media seeking accreditation for the Summit should email forumamericas-media@globalpublic.com for more information.

Read more about Ontario's climate efforts in the Climate Summit of the Americas Climate Change Discussion Paper Ontario Climate Change Update 2014

Follow and join the conversation on Twitter with #CSOTA and get event updates on the Climate Summit of the Americas website.

Read the original Ontario press release

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