Elizabeth May issues statement on Fort McMurray wildfires

On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 in Press Releases
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(OTTAWA) May 4, 2016 - Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada (MP, Saanich-Gulf Islands), released the following statement:

“The devastating wildfires in Fort McMurray that continue to rage today are heartbreaking. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Fort McMurray, those who have lost homes and businesses, and first responders who continue to fight to extinguish the blaze.

“Some reports have suggested that the wildfires are directly caused by climate change. No credible climate scientist would make this claim, and neither do I make this claim. Rather, we must turn our minds in the coming days to the impact of increased extreme climate events, and what we can do collectively to respond to these events.

“It’s encouraging to see the federal government commit to providing adequate evacuation and emergency aid, in partnership with the Government of Alberta. I encourage all Canadians who want to help to donate to the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-418-1111 or online at redcross.ca.”

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  • Barb of New West

    This is a beautiful statement, certainly of how I and most Canadians feel at this time.

  • Janet Vickers

    First we must grieve for the loss of home and community, then thank the people who have come to help, then call on the government to assist the families as they try to recover, and then pay attention to the facts we do have regarding risks for the future – and this includes investing in renewable energy.

  • KootenayCoyote

    “Some reports have suggested that the wildfires are directly caused by climate change. No credible climate scientist would make this claim….”

    Absolutely right. & by the same token, no credible scientist would deny that Global Heating is an enormous factor in the complex system of climate.

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