Yukon Legislative Assembly Unanimously Votes in Favour of NDP Leader Kate White's Proposal to Declare a Climate Emergency

Today members of the Yukon Legislative Assembly voted in favour of Yukon NDP Leader Kate White’s proposal to declare a climate emergency in Yukon.

During debate on a motion put forward by Minister Pauline Frost to urge the Government to take action on climate change NDP Leader White proposed strengthening the motion by inserting language that would call on the Government of Yukon to declare a climate emergency. The motion later passed with unanimous consent.

“Both the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation and the City of Whitehorse have bravely stepped out and declared a climate emergency,” said NDP Leader Kate White. “It was encouraging that the Government of Yukon was willing to work with the opposition and support the NDP and the community in our efforts to declare a climate emergency.”

While NDP Leader White was pleased by the support for declaring a climate emergency she indicated that it is a just another part of the process in tackling climate change.

“It’s amazing that Yukon will be declaring a climate emergency, but we can’t lose sight of the ultimate goal of transitioning away from a fossil fuel reliant society,” said White. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Yukon Legislative Assembly to achieve that goal.”

Now that the motion urging the Government of Yukon to declare a climate emergency has passed, it is up to the Premier and his colleagues in cabinet to choose the place and time to formally declare a climate emergency on behalf of Yukon.