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"Antarctica Challenge" Spotlights Climate Change Impacts

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"Antarctica Challenge" Spotlights Climate Change Impacts

McGuinty Government Screens Documentary During U.N. Conference

A Toronto film director's award-winning documentary spotlights how climate change impacts unfolding in Antarctica may have disastrous results in the rest of the world.

Ontario assisted with the showing of "The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning" at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen to draw attention to sobering new findings of the effects of climate change.  Prominent among the issues are the rising sea levels caused by melting glaciers.

The documentary by Toronto filmmaker, Mark Terry, also calls attention to how the international community is working together in Antarctica -- an ideal message for world leaders meeting in Copenhagen to reach a deal on climate change.

In Ontario, the province is implementing an aggressive Climate Change Action Plan that includes collaborating with the public and other governments.  Actions include phasing out coal-fired electricity generation -- the single largest greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction initiative in Canada, investing in green energy and transit, promoting conservation, protecting greenspace and setting tough GHG reduction targets.

Ontario is also considering advice from an expert panel on adaptation measures to improve the province's resilience to current and future climate change conditions. 

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has set tough targets for reducing greenhouse gases of six per cent below 1990 levels by 2014, 15 per cent below by 2020 and 80 per cent below by 2050.
  • Antarctica Challenge was the only film invited to be screened during the U.N. Conference.

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“Antarctica Challenge reminds us that collectively setting ambitious reduction targets can succeed in tackling climate change. That is why Ontario has developed an action plan and why we're working with governments and sectors at all levels to develop a common approach to cap and trade to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment

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