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Dear Editor (cc Stephen Harper, John Baird, Leona Aglukkaq, Thomas Mulcair, Justin Trudeau, Elizabeth May)

In Lima, Peru, world leaders will try to move toward agreement on climate targets. Climate change is not a partisan issue. Canadians of all stripes should let their government know that we expect them to promote aggressive targets to rapidly reduce greenhouse gases and make the transition to renewable energy. The Canadian delegation should reflect all parties and include prominent representatives from civil society. We need to work together as Canadians to achieve tough goals..

The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change has said that “the only way our economies can still prosper is if we both phase out fossil fuel pollution entirely and adapt to the impacts of climate change.” The new world goal is to eliminate emissions from fossil fuels entirely by 2050. Sooner is better.

We must choose. Let us unlock the benefits of green jobs, better health, and a reduction in poverty by means of renewable energy and greater efficiency. Otherwise our children and our companion species will suffer catastrophic climate effects. We will not accept that.

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