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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3 Candidate Responses (top)
|Candidate||Brief Response||Full Response|
|Iszkula, Robert||Yes||Yes, Divesting from fossil fuels and encouraging all large organizations in Hamilton to do so would be a great start. It is also imperative that we anticipate environmental impacts when we create bylaws that drive development. Permeable pavers that reduce runoff pollution and heat island effects, planting more trees, encouraging use of electric vehicles, transit and cycling, as well as zoning so that people have amenities close to their houses - all of these can improve quality of life for local residents while at the same time making a positive impact on climate goals.|
|Whitehead, Terry||Yes||I think that as a municipality we have a responsibility to be educate our residents on making responsible decisions that can mitigate climate change. Ultimately, the jurisdiction and power to impose environmental policy and targets falls under provincial and federal jurisdiction and it is up to municipalities to comply with those directions.
We should be promoting environmentally friendly alternatives for transportation, providing the infrastructure to accommodate more electric vehicles, investing in green energy/technologies and start-ups, attracting entrepreneurs and innovation that are environmentally friendly. Of course the city is always responsible for educating residents on reducing waste at home that goes to our landfills. It's a complex issue and we must work together as a community to become an environmentally friendly centre of excellence.
|Wilson, Bryan||Yes||Every municipality can play a role in this. There are many things we could be doing from installing rooftop solar on all city buildings, to planting trees in our downtown core.
I would love to see an expanded recycling program. We can offer a program as other cities do to redo lawns with drought resistant plants that need no care and no watering saving on water usage and storm runoff that when it comes from a grass lawn is usually full of harsh chemicals needing cleaning.
Id love to see Hamilton implement a food forest for the food bank in a few different parts of the city. So that lower income individuals can have in season fresh fruits and vegetables and we get more green space.
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