Toronto, Ont. – Environmental Defence is attending the One Planet Summit in Paris, France, hosted by President Macron. Over 50 international presidents and prime ministers are expected to attend. The summit’s focus is how to redirect financing away from fossil fuels, which contribute to climate change, and towards climate solutions such as renewable energy and green infrastructure.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna will be representing Canada. The two challenges for Canada to address at the summit include phasing out the subsidies it gives to oil and gas companies (a G20 commitment from 2009), and increasing its assistance to poor, developing countries so they can address the severe climate impacts they face (as part of industrialized countries’ commitment under the Paris Agreement to collectively mobilize US$100 billion every year).

WHO: Dale Marshall, National Program Manager, Environmental Defence

WHERE: One Planet Summit, Paris, France

WHEN: December 11-13, 2017. The summit takes place Dec 12, 2017

About ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (www.environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is Canada’s most effective environmental action organization. We challenge, and inspire change in government, business and people to ensure a greener, healthier and prosperous life for all.

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For more information or media requests, please contact: Allen Braude, Environmental Defence,416-323-9521 ext 247416-356-2587 (cell); abraude@environmentaldefence.ca