The Montreal Climate Change Conference will be held from November 28 to December 9, 2005 at the Palais des congr?s. It is expected to draw more than 10,000 government leaders, scientists, journalists and observers from around the globe. More than 150 countries have signed the Kyoto Protocol. This commits 38 industrialized countries to specific reduction targets for the 2008 – 2012 period. The U.S. is not a signatory.
This affects everyone and it is heartening here in Canada to see that business leaders are picking up their responsibilities. The Executive Forum On Climate Change channels their efforts to put emphasis on these important initiatives. Yesterday the Executive Forum unveiled an open letter to Prime Minister Paul Martin. This invites other businesses to join the corporate call-to-action. There is now a growing recognition that the problem of greenhouse gas emissions isn’t going to go away or solve itself. That’s why the British Prime Minister Tony Blair made it a top priority for Britain’s 2005 G8 presidency.
Hopefully this major conference on Climate Change in Montreal will help promote a strong global response to the challenge.