I rose in the House of Commons to speak on the declaration of a climate emergency, and to paint a picture of how climate change is impacting rural communties like Hastings–Lennox and Addington, and our Canadian identity.
From impact on the time-honoured tradition of maple syrup production in places like Flinton in the Addington Highlands, to droughts affecting farmers across our community in 2016 and 2017, to repeated “100-year” floods in the span of six years throughout the riding in the Town of Bancroft, Town of Greater Napanee, City of Belleville | Municipal Government, Municipality of Tweed, The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Amherst Island, Hastings Highlands, and more, our rural communities are suffering.
The science is clear and the impact on human lives is clear. We cannot leave it to our children to pay the vastly higher, even existential, costs of climate change.
We know how to solve this, and it is our duty as parents, citizens and legislators to act. This is a climate emergency.