Alistair on the need for immediate climate change action

  

  Mr. Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, NDP): Mr. Speaker, a few weeks ago, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its report showing that our current emissions trajectory shows we are headed toward catastrophic climate change. It is an unfortunate hallmark of this Parliament that we cannot collectively bring ourselves to see beyond the next election, where short-term political gains incentivize us more than our collective human future on this planet.

    The Earth will go on, with or without us. It does not care about our petty politics or the bickering about the carbon tax. It does not care that the Conservatives have no plan or that the Liberals' plan is not working. It is our children and our future generations who will most savagely feel the effects of the lack of courage and vision of this place.

    We can rise to meet this challenge, and create a better world with a new clean-energy economy. We just need a government with the will to make it happen.