A Message from Maude Barlow – Council of Canadians – National Chairperson

“The Council of Canadians supports the London Chapter in its efforts to raise concerns about the environmental impacts of drive-thru restaurants in the city. We are encouraged to discover that a number of municipalities across Best Wishes,
Maude Barlow
Council of Canadians – National Chairperson
May 21st,2008 – The Canadian Environment Awards today announced the short list of finalists who will be honoured during its annual celebration of environmental achievement. The program’s top honour, the Citation of Lifetime Achievement, will be presented to Maude Barlow, who for 25 years has been a fierce advocate for the rights of Canadians and for Canadian sovereignty on economic, trade and social issues that have a deep connection to the environment. Canada are either studying the further regulation of, or actually banning drive-thrus due to environmental considerations. “

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

17 June 2008

London City Council

Subject: Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

I would like to provide the following comments in the context of the Drive-thru debate in the City of London.  Unfortunately, I am unable to be there to make these comments in person

I have been a climate scientist for over 30 years and have held faculty and senior governmental positions related to this topic.

I am pleased that the City of London has a Mayor’s Sustainable Energy Council, of which I am a member, and recently approved a $1.3-million study of London’s climate change strategy.  These demonstrate the concern and commitment of the City for the issue of climate change.

Climate science has demonstrated that the climate is changing and will continue to change over the rest of this century due to greenhouse gas emission from human activities – primarily the use of fossil fuels.  The magnitude of the change by mid-to-late century depends on total anthropogenic emissions.  New scientific information is demonstrating that dramatic reductions in emissions are needed to avoid dangerous climatic change.

One of the major contributors to Canada’s greenhouse gas emission total is road transportation.

I urge the City of London to consider and to take action on all ways of reducing emissions as part of national and global efforts to combat climate change.  This will also have the additional benefit of reducing urban smog which affects the health of Londoners and all Ontarians.

Respectfully submitted.

Gordon McBean, Ph.D., FRSC

Professor of Geography and Political Science

Director of Policy Studies, The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada