SELDOM HAS AN ISSUE been so starkly defined within the walls of Kamloops City Hall as during council’s climate change debate.
The choice is this: green or growth.
The 8-1 vote in favour of Singh’s motion doesn’t reflect the divergence of opinion on the issue.
Singh made it clear he understands that green involves pain but insists it’s necessary and “not negotiable.” Mayor Ken Christian, on the other hand, puts growth ahead of green. More specifically, he’s onside with green as long as it isn’t at the expense of growth.
Singh’s two-part motion resolves to set a goal for reducing community greenhouse gas emissions “in line with Kamloops’ portion of global efforts to keep global temperature rise to 1.5C” and to “mandate” staff to outline actions to get there.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.