By MPP Toby Barrett
To The Haldimand Press
As an elected representative I am often asked – “What are you doing about climate change?”
The climate is changing. Severe rain, ice and windstorms, prolonged heat waves and milder winters are more common. These changes will continue to affect Ontario’s forests, waters and wildlife. All sectors of the economy are feeling the impacts and paying more for associated costs.
As of 2013, Canada is responsible for 1.6% of global emissions, with Ontario responsible for less than 0.4%.
Recently, Environment Minister Rod Phillips announced a made-in-Ontario plan to keep our province beautiful by protecting our air, land and water, and to support people to do their share in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We must also do our utmost to help communities and families prepare for changes in climate.