According to a 2018 report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), it is possible for the world to avoid catastrophic climate change, but we only have 11 years to do so.
In response, the Green Party recently released a 20-point plan entitled Mission: Possible. To date, we are the only federal party with a plan to meet the IPCC’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases by 60% from 2005 levels by 2030, and to eliminate emissions by 2050. Since we released our plan, both Denmark and the UK have committed to the same goals. Given that their per person emissions are already much lower than ours, the commitments of these two countries confirms that our goals are achievable.
Canada needs to declare a Climate Emergency and establish an inner cabinet of all parties, modelled on the war cabinets of Mackenzie King and Winston Churchill. This would ensure that all parties work together and that climate would no longer treated like a political football.
Mission: Possible will achieve all 17 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and exceed those of the U.S. Green New Deal. While maintaining the Green Party’s core values of social justice and sustainability, the plan involves partnering with Indigenous Peoples, adapting existing infrastructure, and implementing the legal framework instilled in the Paris Agreement - all the while creating good-paying green jobs.
Learn more about Mission: Possible here: https://www.greenparty.ca/en/mission-possible
Of the other three parties, the NDP has the strongest plan, but they are unwilling to commit to a greenhouse gas reduction target.
In 2015, the Liberal government adopted Stephen Harper’s very weak legislative targets, but according to the federal environmental commissioner, they have not put in place sufficient measures to reduce carbon levels to meet those targets.
A report in the Guardian (Nov.17/18) revealed that Canada’s policies would drive the world to a catastrophic 5C temperature rise.
In effect, all three parties are asking future generations to address the problem that they are unwilling to face.
Only the Green Party has the political courage to fully meet the challenge of climate change.
It’s time to work together to create a sustainable, green, and equitable future for all.