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Public understanding of climate change is key to real action

According to a Mexican governmental survey produced this past week, the majority of delegates attending the COP16 do not believe the public understands the meaning of “climate change” — a huge hurdle in achieving real action on the international governmental level.

Tomorrow ACT will release its report, Climate Change Adaptation and the Low Carbon Economy, that intends to help communities and their decision-making bodies understand climate change, and in particular, remaining resilient and sustainable as we transition to a low-carbon economy in response to the need to reduce our emissions and the impacts of climate change.

The report, like ACT’s previous two reports, is written in accessible language with timely examples and applications. It will be circulated to governments, industry and community officials as of Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

A press conference will be held at 10:30 am at SFU Harbour Centre in Room 1500 to announce the release of the report. Author, Bruce Sampson, former chair of the International Centre for Sustainable Cities and BC Hydro’s former VP of Sustainability, will be available for questions.

A copy of the report will be available on the ACT website tomorrow morning.

The United Nations Climate Change Conference wraps up this Friday in Cancun, Mexico.

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