Since being elected to office in 2015, Minister Catherine McKenna has helped to shape how Canadians are thinking about and impacting the environment. She participated in the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, where she spoke for Canada and agreed to the Paris Accord. The Paris Accord was a commitment of 187 nations to take measures against rising global temperatures and climate change, with an aim to restrict a rise in global temperatures to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. U.S. President Donald Trump made news last week when he announced that he would be pulling America out of the accord.
McKenna called Trump’s move “deeply disappointing,” and asserted that Canada remains committed to striving for that goal.
“The clean-growth economy is where the world is going and Canada is going to be part of it,” said McKenna.
In fact, McKenna says the U.S. exit has caused many nations to commit more fully to the agreement.
“All these discussions about whether the administration would stay or leave the Paris Accord galvanized support for the agreement,” she told AFP.
In addition to taking a strong stance on climate change, McKenna has also sought to become a leader in the global environmental movement, including hosting the United Nation’s World Environment Day in Canada on June 5.
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