Andrés Fuentes and Kai Reimer-Watts made a presentation at Regional Council on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, arguing clearly why the terminology “climate emergency” is more appropriate than “climate crisis” for Waterloo Region. They spoke of how “climate emergency” more accurately reflects the urgency, and how its official designation would hold our Regional government accountable for making meaningful and impactful decisions.
Andrés and Kai detailed the various municipalities within and beyond the Region and across the world that have declared climate emergency. They also substantiated the need for this declaration by sharing a graph from the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report that projects the increasing levels of global warming at the rate of current human activity. They were clear and compelling in outlining the disastrous impacts to all species on earth if the direction of global warming isn’t halted or reversed.
Finally Andrés and Kai reassured the Regional Council that they would have significant support from the community, as evidenced by the thousands who turned out at our Global Climate Strike on September 27, 2019 at Waterloo Town Square.
The Regional Council made a unanimous decision to declare a climate emergency.