Prime Minister Trudeau is meeting with leaders of provincial and territorial governments on March 3, to discuss new climate policies. Adopting the following policy initiatives would put Canada on a path to doing its fair share to prevent catastrophic climate change.
1. Adopt a new science-based emission reduction target consistent with an average global temperature increase of 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels
2. Develop a clear and measurable plan for a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.
3. Eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel industries and invest in a green economy.
4. Set a carbon fee at $30 per tonne of GHGs and commit to increasing it over time.
5. Create a far reaching, permanent regulatory approval process for assessing energy projects, including pipelines. 6. $4 billion a year by 2020 for climate adaptation and mitigation measures in the Global South.
56 concerned groups (Link to list), including PCM and Toronto 350 have sent a Joint Letter (Link ) to the Prime Minister and Provincial Premiers calling on them to adopt these initiatives. A version has also been sent to Members of Parliament. The letter includes extensive documentation for each initiative: why each is important, achievable and effective.
Climate change poses many significant threats to world peace if decisive actions are not taken. Urgent and concrete action is also intrinsically linked to the well-being of all Canadians, especially young Canadians, who would disproportionately bear the burden of inaction. This is a defining moment for our country and our new government. It will take both vision and courage to take the path to a safer climate future. Current and future generations are counting on our leadership to be brave and wise and to lead us towards a prosperous, equitable and sustainable future.