Torstar Archives University of Victoria climate scientist Dr. Andrew Weaver is running in Oak Bay-Gordon Head.

Nobel Peace Prize-contributing climate scientist Andrew Weaver has announced he will run for the B.C. Green Party in Oak Bay-Gordon Head in the next provincial election.

Weaver is currently the Lansdowne Professor and Canada Research Chair in climate modelling and analysis at the University of Victoria’s school of earth and ocean sciences.

He was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the Nobel Prize in 2007.

“By running for the Green Party in the Oak Bay Gordon Head riding, I have decided to do something I never thought I would do,” Weaver said in a party press release.

“But with a rudderless provincial government and the potential for a landslide NDP victory in the upcoming election, I felt now was the time to get engaged to ensure that the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability continue to be raised and discussed in the legislative assembly.”

He is the author of two books on the science of climate change: Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World, and Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming.

“I’m hoping my candidacy will build some momentum for the B.C. Greens and attract other high profile candidates who have their hearts in the Green camp,” he said in the statement.

He will be trying to unseat Liberal MLA Ida Chong, who was recently named aboriginal relations minister in a cabinet shuffle. Jessica Van der Veen is running for the B.C. New Democratic Party.

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