WWF-Canada welcomes promising Canada-US climate change and Arctic commitments


TORONTO, Canada – In response to initiatives announced today by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama, WWF-Canada issued the following statement from president and CEO David Miller:

“These are important commitments to slow climate change and protect the Arctic, a region where the impacts of more extreme weather patterns are being felt most severely.”

“Today’s commitment to reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is a signal that Canada and the US are firmly committed to working together to achieve the global emissions reductions targets agreed on at the Paris Climate Change Conference. This type of collaborative action is essential if we are going avoid the worst impacts of climate change.”

“We are impressed by the depth of the commitment to support a strong Arctic future for people and species. For too long Arctic communities have not had the support they need to thrive. Today’s announcement to enable the transition from fossil fuels to habitat-friendly renewable energy will help support the energy needs of self-reliant Northern communities. In addition to reaffirming land and marine protection promises, the commitment to implementing shipping practices that are sensitive to ecological and cultural concerns and reducing the use of heavy fuel oil in marine transport will help protect the Arctic Ocean and the marine mammals on which Northern communities depend.”

“WWF’s work in the Arctic demonstrates that a science-based approach that includes traditional indigenous knowledge helps deliver successful environmental solutions and community well-being. We welcome these new and reaffirmed commitments and looks forward to working with the Canadian government to achieve these goals, particularly on the ground in the Arctic on the issues of marine protection, shipping, and renewable energy.”