This week and next, Climate Action Network-Canada (CAN-Rac) will be on the ground in Bonn, Germany, participating in the 23rd United Nations climate change conference (COP 23). The organization will be encouraging Canada’s official delegation to play a strong, constructive role in implementing the Paris Agreement. For CAN-Rac Executive Director Catherine Abreu, the success of that effort depends on political leadership across the political spectrum.
“The struggle to ensure that climate change is a non-partisan issue is so relevant to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change,” she says. “We end up in these precarious positions where a change in government—south of the border, obviously, but we’ve seen it dramatically in Canada, as well— fundamentally shifts the roles countries play and the policies they bring to international climate agreements.”