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Declaring a climate emergency in Guelph is nothing more than throwing buzz words around.

If our councillors at city hall actually believe their is a “climate emergency” they should spend more time proposing legislative changes and less time sitting around explaining what a climate emergency is.

In an opinion piece titled “declaring a climate emergency: Let’s triage priorities for our planet”, Councillor Phil Allt wrote an entire piece on “climate emergency” without proposing a single legislative change to combat this issue.

We need real change.

Offering free parking and charging to for Electric and Hybrid vehicles at the new Wilson Street parkade is an example of what the city can proactively do to reduce our city’s carbon footprint. Changing lighting in all city owned buildings to LED lights is another example.

According to the climategroup.org, “lighting accounts for nearly 6 per cent of global CO2 emissions.”

“A global switch to energy efficient light emitting diode (LED) technology could save over 1,400 million tons of CO2 and avoid the construction of 1,250 power stations.”

These are policies we need to look into.

Simply declaring a climate emergency nothing more than smoke and mirrors. If the people that are pushing for this climate emergency to be declared really care about the environment they need to get their head down and start looking for legitimate ways to reduce the city’s footprint rather than waste their time writing articles explaining what a “climate emergency” even means.

Image of Brendan Clark supplied.

Brendan Clark is a real estate agent and was ran for city council last fall in Ward 4.