After it appeared such a motion was no longer being proposed, Coun. Leanne Piper announced Friday night that her and James Gordon are bringing forward an emergency climate declaration to City Council on May 27.
“Originally, we had only planned to bring forward a motion to change the timelines of our NetZero and 100RE goals — from 2050 to 2035 — but things have changed in the past month,” Ward 5’s Piper wrote in a statement.
Piper attributed the turnaround to “rising public support for a declaration” and her experience being in Scotland and seeing politicians in United Kingdom working together to approve a climate emergency declaration.
The formal motion, moved by Piper and seconded by Gordon, says “that the City of Guelph acknowledges the urgency of climate change and declares a global climate emergency”.
It goes on to add “that all future reports of Council contain a section titled Climate Change Implications, that will identify how the recommendations will contribute to meeting the objectives of the CEI and/or Corporate Energy Plan.”
Several councillors have already made their opinion clear on where they stand when it comes to an emergency declaration. A report from The Post on Friday outlined where at least part of Council would vote on such a motion.
Mayor Cam Guthrie and Couns. Dan Gibson and Mark MacKinnon have made it clear that they will oppose any legislation containing a declaration, saying instead that such a move would interfere in the already actionable steps Guelph is taking in terms of mitigating climate change.
The Post has reached out to every councillor to get reaction on the new motion and a confirmation on whether they will vote for or against it.