How bad do the wildfires and heat waves have to get before we vote for a livable future for our children?
In 2019, the CBC commissioned a report by Navius Research that showed that neither the Liberals nor the NDP nor the Conservatives had a plan that came close to meeting the international goal of a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030. The Green Party was the sole exception. (You can read their report here: https://www.cbc.ca/news2/interactives/confronting-carbon2/#note1 (The CBC never released the report, and thus Canadians were denied access to this impartial comparative assessment of the climate plans of all four parties.)
Today, the plans of the other parties still fall far short. While they promise to significantly reduce carbon emissions, the Liberals, NDP and Conservatives all support new pipelines. They can promise – as they do - to reduce emissions, but when you also support fossil fuel expansion, one cancels out the other. Worse, the Liberals continue to subsidize fossil fuels: $23 billion to oil and gas companies since 2018. Not surprisingly, Canada is the only G7 country whose emissions continue to rise each year.
Solving the climate crisis will require action on many levels. In 2019, we developed Mission Possible, a 20 page plan that we hoped would stimulate public discussion and encourage the other parties to come forth with more robust plans of their own. While lauded by many, including Navius Research (see above), that plan was largely ignored. Public discussion was focussed more narrowly on whether to have a carbon tax. Now that all parties accept carbon pricing, we hope that a real debate about goals and solutions will occur. If you’d like to see the details of our Mission Possible plan, click here: https://www.greenparty.ca/en/mission-possible
August 09, 2021
OTTAWA – The Working Group 1 of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released its Sixth Assessment Report, laying out the current state of the climate, the role of human influence on climate change, as well as possible climate futures, and how we can limit human-induced climate change.