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'Need for action': Newmarket declares a climate emergency

Town deepens commitment to protecting environment from climate change: mayor
Jan. 30, 2020

Newmarket council officially declared a climate emergency for the town at its meeting on Jan. 20.

It follows a deputation from Drawdown Newmarket-Aurora, a local environmental conservation group committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“Declaring a climate emergency for the town of Newmarket lends our voice to countless other towns and cities recognizing the need for action related to climate change," said Mayor John Taylor.

"This is also an important step in raising awareness for the environmental challenges that we currently face. With this motion, the town will be able to deepen our commitment to protecting our environment, economy and community from the impacts of climate change.

"We will leverage existing environmental initiatives such as Newmarket’s community energy plan to increase dialogue through community engagement, in order to find more opportunities to decrease energy consumption and GHGs (greenhouse gases).”

In 2018, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said greenhouse gas emissions need to be cut by 45 per cent before 2030 to ensure global temperatures to do not rise more than 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels and to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The Town of Newmarket is committed to helping to achieve the goals of the IPCC through various programs. These include, but are not limited, to:

To view the full motion, visit please view the minutes of the Jan. 20 council meeting. For more information on other environmental initiatives the town is currently undertaking visit,