Canada signs Paris climate treaty, vows to harness renewable energy

‘Today, with my signature, I give you our word that Canada’s efforts will not cease,’ said Trudeau as he prepared to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change, Friday, April 22, 2016 at the U.N. headquarters. It is with those words that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, ‘sealed the deal’ today in New York City.

PMO Statement:

The Government of Canada views climate change not only as a challenge, but as an opportunity. It is a chance to build a clean growth economy that will help to fight climate change, while also creating well-paying jobs for middle class Canadians.

In his address during the signing ceremony, the Prime Minister affirmed Canada’s support for the Capacity Building Initiative for Transparency, announcing a $5 million contribution to help developing countries address climate change by meeting their transparency commitments.

The Prime Minister also joined with his fellow heads of state and government to endorse a carbon pricing vision statement. It is only when nations work together – to learn from each other, build on shared knowledge, and develop clean economies – that there is any hope to sufficiently fight climate change.

The Government of Canada knows that a sustainable, low-carbon economy is necessary for the collective prosperity, competitiveness, health, and security of all Canadians. Today, we have taken important steps – in collaboration with our international partners – to leave a cleaner, more prosperous world for our children and grandchildren.

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