Environmental Coalition and MPs consulting public on climate change

Published on August 9, 2016
Island MPs Sean Casey and Wayne Easter.
Eric McCarthy/Journal Pioneer

Any individuals or organizations with knowledge and ideas to contribute are invited to bring them to the federal government's climate change consultations.
A planning group led by the Environmental Coalition of P.E.I. (ECOPEI) has been working with P.E.I. Members of Parliament to organize riding-level public consultations on climate change this summer.

The first one was hosted by Malpeque MP Wayne Easter and ECOPEI in July in Hunter River, with over 50 in attendance.

The MP heard from about 20 of his constituents, all passionate about the topic and all with information to share.

The same format will be used at the Charlottetown consultation being hosted by MP Sean Casey coming up on Aug. 10 at Confederation Landing Park.

There will be a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m. followed by the consultation at 7 p.m.

Anyone with practical, specific ideas and information to contribute to the national climate change strategy are invited to speak for up to five minutes.

Any presentation that goes beyond five minutes may be submitted in writing to Charlottetown MP Casey's office, or on the government website: letstalkclimateaction.ca.

Proceedings will be recorded and fed into the federal information-gathering process in the fall of this year.

Four expert working groups will be accepting and analyzing public input and drafting the national Climate Change Strategy, based on the following themes: mitigation; carbon pricing; adaptation and resilience; and clean technology, innovation and jobs.

Everyone is welcome to attend and take part in the conversation, whether or not they wish to make a presentation.

This P.E.I. community initiative is part of the national Peoples' Climate Plan, organized by a coalition of groups, including 350.org, Leadnow, the Council of Canadians and many more.

The People's Climate Plan is encouraging MPs across Canada to hold public climate change consultations in their ridings.