Alberta’s environment minister admitted that his government – NDP – been more pressure internationally for the province improves its record in the fight against climate change.
Shannon Phillips said Wednesday that she had met with diplomats – including British and American – and that many wanted to see Alberta become a world leader in this field.
The minister, who gave a speech Wednesday at a conference on climate change organized by the Pembina Institute, later told reporters that discussions with other countries had been productive. People, she has said, want to know how they can help the province, and not tell him what to do.
But this collaborative approach does not mean that Alberta may evade their responsibilities, warns Minister Phillips, well aware that the reputation of the oil sands producing province is to rebuild the world.
Faced with hundreds of participants at the conference, the Minister acknowledged that the countries of the world no longer considering energy issues in the same way, and that Alberta could not afford to sit idle: it must follow this trend.
Following his election last spring, the new NDP government, which put an end to 43 years of Progressive Conservative regimes in this province, initiated a process of consultations to how far Albertans were ready going in the fight against climate change. The report of this commission should be ready for the big international meeting on climate change in December in Paris.
The Government Rachel Notley thoroughly reviewing all provincial strategy in the fight against climate change. Minister Phillips has promised that the new strategy would be both realistic and credible.
“Governments, Alberta and elsewhere in the world, have for years set ambitious targets and, in a sense, arbitrary. We prefer to set targets that will really be achieved. Then we go a little further. We will achieve these goals, “she promised. Ms Phillips said that the credibility of Alberta is crucial to the economic future of the province.
Allan Adam, Chief of the First Nation, Athabasca Chipewyan – who live in the middle of the oil sands – said at the conference that the environment around her community could tolerate additional exploitation. “We are in the heart of the sacrificial area. All this must stop, “he began.