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Let’s remember: climate change is not ideological, it’s fact

By Monica Ell-Kanayuk      

Eleven is the number of years this planet has to avert catastrophic climate change. And yet, ideology is a serious obstacle in making progress.

Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) president Monica Ell-Kanayuk, left, and National Inuit Youth Canada president Suwaksiork Ruth Kaviok speak to Environment Minister Catherine McKenna at the COP24 climate change meeting in December in Katowice, Poland. Photograph courtesy of ICC Canada

As 2018 came to a close, I spent part of December in Katowice, Poland. As president of Inuit Circumpolar Council (Canada) I was there to bring the Inuit voice to the annual United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting. The Conference of the Parties (COP) has been held annually since 1995, when the formal process began in Berlin, Germany to negotiate the Kyoto Protocol.

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