COP 21 send-off to bring together Yukon delegation and public

Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson has invited Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski, Sandy Silver and Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Ruth Massie to attend a non-partisan public send-off for their COP 21 delegation in early December.

The meeting will give Yukoners the chance to have their say about the priorities Yukon’s delegation should bring to the table at the Paris conference, while also offering delegates speaking time to give their perspectives on climate issues.

“Yukoners are looking to us as leaders to work collaboratively towards curbing Yukon’s greenhouse gas emissions and addressing climate change,” wrote Hanson in her letter to her co-delegates. “Yukoners are passionate about climate change, they have good ideas and it is our job to represent and give voice to them.”

This December, leaders from governments, the private sector and civil society will travel to Paris to attend COP 21 – one of the most important environmental conferences of our lifetimes.

Climate change is happening right now, and Yukon is warming: average winter temperatures in Yukon have increased 5°C over the past 50 years. Yukoners can see and feel the effects of climate change. It is time to make concrete commitments tied to meaningful action, today.

Yukon NDP Environment Critic Kate White believes that COP 21 is the world’s chance to come together in support of binding carbon emissions reductions: “We have the opportunity to decide, as a global community, that we are committed to fighting climate change and supporting sustainable habits.”

“As stewards of sub-Arctic land and water, Yukoners are on the front lines of climate change. I hope that Yukon’s COP 21 delegates will join Liz Hanson and have a dialogue with Yukoners before they head to Paris.”

The COP 21 Yukon delegation send-off will take place at the High Country Inn from 6:30 to 8:30 pm on Wednesday, 2 December.