Global warming is an existential challenge facing humanity. Do you think Hamilton should play a role in addressing climate change? If so, what should the city be doing? If not, why not?
Responses to the question: "Global warming is an existential challenge facing humanity. Do you think Hamilton should play a role in addressing climate change? If so, what should the city be doing? If not, why not? "
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6 Candidate Responses (top)
|Candidate||Brief Response||Full Response|
|Farr, Laura||Yes||We do play a role already, and this work needs to be continued. The City does some good things - proactively asking home owners to plant trees on their property in road allowances (Street Tree Program), and measuring the Greenhouse Gas emissions inventory and targets. Most people don’t know that the City of Hamilton achieved the corporate 2012 and 2020 emissions targets for reduction already. A further 50% reduction of 2005 greenhouse gases levels by 2030 and an 80% reduction of 2005 greenhouse gases levels by 2050 has now been set.
The Community Climate Change Plan was also developed (http://climatechangehamilton.ca/plan/) , and work continues in a partnership with the City of Hamilton Public Health Department (CleanAirHamilton), GreenVenture, and other stakeholders.
|Kuruc, Ned||Yes||It is important that the city of Hamilton adapt internal measures to ensure that our day-to-day operations move toward a more sustainable future. It is also important that the city establish guidelines that will guide our decisions to ensure they comply with standards that will contribute to a sustainable future.|
|Nann, Nrinder||Yes||Yes, Hamilton and all cities have a role to play in addressing climate change, such as:
* Building better transit to make it easier for people to leave the car at home
* Working with industry to reduce particulate matter and other pollutants
* Studying other cities' green roof programs and implementing one here
* Creating more Electric Vehicle parking spaces to make it more attractive to consumers to purchase an EV or PHEV.
* Look at modernizing Hamilton's fleet vehicles with hybrids or EVs where costs allow
* Expand on incentives for new developments to be more energy efficient
|Smith, Dan||Yes||I think we should play a role. I think better monitoring of air quality from our factories is needed, as well, we need to encourage more people to start using less polluting methods of transportation such as cycling and, walking and public transit.|
|Sprague, Kristeen||Yes||I do think Hamilton should play a role in addressing climate change, because climate change will affect us whether we like it or not. Climate change impacts more than just our physical environment. It also impacts people's stress levels and general health. Concrete improvements include making sure that we invest in affordable, accessible public transit, protecting our green spaces, and encouraging forms of recreation and recreational infrastructure that allows people to walk and ride bicycles safely. We also need to research and understand how problems such as gentrification contribute to global warming. The elimination of our manufacturing industry make seem "green" to some people, but it's hardly "green" to manufacture steel in Hamilton and yet import steel from across the world to build our LRT. We will always need manufacturing, so we need to consider how glossing over our working class base and history and relying more heavily on importation and outsourcing supplies actually contributes to climate change.|
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7 Candidates Have Not Responded (top)
|Denault, Steven Paul|