The COP21 Conference begins in Paris in just 6 days. It is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from governments, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society. Over 11 days, countries that want action on climate change will convene to discuss the issues we face, the solutions we need and the timeline we need to act within.

In advance of COP21, a group of recognized Canadian sustainability leaders, the Clean50, has drafted an open letter to our political leaders attending the conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna and our Premiers. The message, penned at the Clean50 Summit this past September, sends a clear message to Canada’s COP21 delegation that encourages them to take significant steps to raise Canada’s commitment to fighting climate change, and then work together to create an action plan to meet those targets.

  • Please act now: Set appropriate national targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Canada can again be a leader.
  • Create a national sustainable development plan. Put in place strong policies that ensure we meet those targets, including a price on pollution, and incentives that accelerate adoption of cleaner choices.

Francisca Quinn, Founder of Quinn & Partners, is a Clean50 honouree that has endorsed this important message to Canada’s COP21 delegation. We also congratulate our clients Lisa Lafave at Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan and Philippe Bernier of Triovest Realty Advisors, as well as our strategic partners Coro Strandberg and Lisa DeMarco, in supporting this message.

You can read the full letter here and find it in a special section of the November 24 Globe and Mail newspaper.