A Liberal MP brought his infant daughter into the House of Commons to help make the case that more must be done to combat climate change.
Terry Beech spoke Monday in support of a Liberal motion for the House to declare a national climate emergency and commit to Canada meeting the greenhouse gas emissions targets outlined in the Paris climate accord.
Beech referenced a dire report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), calling for major cuts to greenhouse gas emissions to try to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees C — a level expected to be hit between 2030 and 2052 without dramatic action — rather than the target of 2 C spelled out in the Paris climate accord.
“The IPCC has made our collective impact on the world very clear. Already, the human race has warmed the planet a full degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. If we do nothing, this will increase to 1.5 degrees between Nova’s 12th and 34th birthdays. We are running out of time.”
Beech said the fight against climate change should not be partisan, but rather something that brings parliamentarians together.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna later took to Twitter to say Beech and his daughter helped her “remember why we’re here and who we’re doing this for.”