We are asking MPs to urge the government to:
 
  1. Establish a new science-based emission reduction target consistent with a 1.5 degree temperature rise.  Cutting our emissions as much as possible as soon as possible will set us on a path to achieving this goal, whereas delaying action may preclude any possibility of staying under a 1.5 degree rise.
     
  2. A clear and measurable plan for a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.  Investing in renewable energy creates up to eight times as many jobs as investing in oil and gas extraction.
     
  3. An end to subsidies for fossil fuel industries and investments in a green economy. The 2016 federal budget is an opportunity to act on Canada’s 2009 promise to eliminate subsidies to fossil fuel industries and announce significant initiatives to support public transit, green infrastructure and clean technologies. Annual Canadian subsidies to fossil fuel industries averaged $2.9 billion over 2013 and 2014, with $1.7 billion of this from the federal government.
     
  4. A carbon fee set at $30 per tonne and a commitment to increase it over time. We urge a national standard for pricing carbon emissions through a carbon fee set initially at $30 per tonne of greenhouse gases and increasing in steps to a level consistent with limiting temperature increases to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
     
  5. A new, permanent regulatory approval process for assessing energy projects to replace the flawed National Energy Board process. It must respect Indigenous peoples’ rights to free, prior and informed consent as required by the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and it must account for the upstream and downstream carbon emissions of the projects.
     
  6. A $4 billion annual contribution to climate adaptation and mitigation measures in the Global South. Based on precedents where Canada has contributed 3% to 4% of multilateral funds, Canada’s fair share of the $100 billion (U.S.) promised in the Paris decision document requires a contribution of $4 billion a year by 2020.

 


 

WHO WE ARE: ClimateFast, a concerned, dedicated volunteer, not-for-profit group, strives to build political will and to persuade parliamentarians to work toward urgent and substantial action on climate change.
 

WHAT DOES CLIMATEFAST DO: 
ClimateFast has a dual meaning: first, we must act on climate –fast.  We are in a crisis and need coordinated action for deep cuts in carbon emissions.  We must end fossil fuel subsidies, put a price on carbon and develop a renewable energy plan for Canada.  We advocate for these changes with our MPs and other representatives.  We encourage public educational events, and writing letters to the editor.

On the first of the each month, some members fast (carbon/food) in solidarity with the international Fast for the Climate.  In fasting we reflect on the plight of people affected by catastrophic climate change caused by rising greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and thereby strengthen our resolve to call for action to abate the climate crisis.


To draw attention to our campaign, since 2012 we have held four Annual Fasts and Vigils on Parliament Hill.  We also hold workshops and forums and publish the ClimateFast Newsletter.

 

More than 130 MPs in the previous Parliamentary session signed the ClimateFast pledge, and approximately 50 of these have been re-elected, along with several new MPs who pledged as candidates.  The MPs list is available for people to view.

Prime Minister Trudeau campaigned on ending fossil fuel subsidies, putting a price on carbon and developing renewables in Canada.

 

NOW IS THE TIME to make contact and work with newly elected MPs, asking them to take action and to ensure that climate action IS a priority.  Now is the time for a detailed action plan.  See our six recommendations in this letter.  This letter was written with KAIROS and 54 other organizations have signed their support.


SEND A LETTER TO YOUR MP, with copies to the PM, Party Leaders, Ministers, and critics for Climate Change, Environment and Energy portfolios.  Please bbc ClimateFast.  All those addresses are on the letters page.


WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! Send us your climate action news to climatefast@climatefast.ca

 



RESEARCH: Find the background information for the chart below and much more in our Resources.  
Read KAIROS research paper by John Dillon on Challenges for Canada Post Paris COP.  Brief (7 pages)  Full paper (24 pages.)