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MLAs urged to respond to “Code Green” opportunity in a "Hot, Flat and Crowded" world

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) today delivered 85 copies of Thomas Friedman’s new book “Hot, Flat, and Crowded” to the offices of new and returning members of the Legislative Assembly, who will take their seats next week for the opening of the 39th Parliament of the BC Legislature.

Copies of the books were presented personally to Minister of State for Climate Action John Yap and Opposition Environment Critic Rob Fleming.

“Climate change is the ultimate non-partisan issue,” said BCSEA Coordinator Peter Ronald. “We call on all of our provincial representatives to summon the courage and commitment to address this most pressing threat to our province’s social, economic and environmental well-being.”

Friedman’s thesis presents three enormous pressures - global warming, the expansion of the global middle class, and rapidly growing world population - that are lining up to make the world dangerously unstable. In response, he calls for a green revolution (“Code Green”), which will retrofit our economies to make them far more energy efficient and power them with clean energy, while unleashing “the biggest innovation project in history.”

“Although Friedman is writing for an American audience, his analysis of the threats we face and what need to do to in response applies to all of us,” said Guy Dauncey, BCSEA president. “We must all rise to the climate challenge.”

The books are courtesy of a donation from a BCSEA supporter who asked that each MLA receive a copy. A further 15 books will be delivered to eminent leaders of BC’s First Nations, business, religious, healthcare, media and public service sectors.

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (www.bcsea.org) is a non-profit society that envisions a future in which all of BC's energy needs are met with clean, efficient, renewable energies. We actively promote sustainable energy in BC through practical projects, education and policy development.

For more information, contact:

Peter Ronald 250-744-2720
Guy Dauncey 250-881-1304