Federal Climate Action Advocacy

WE WON!  VISTA MINE WILL FACE A FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Thanks to everyone who wrote, signed a petition, or called their MP and the Minister of the Environment Jonathan Wilkinson, regarding the need for the Vista Coal Mine expansion planned for Alberta to be subject to a federal environment assessment.  Now it will be! (just announced on July 30).  Our letter sent to the Minister and MPs

https://theenergymix.com/2020/07/31/wilkinson-orders-federal-environmental-assessment-for-vista-coal-mine-expansion/

TIME FOR A JUST AND GREEN RECOVERY!

ClimateFast has signed a number of initiatives for a just and green recovery from COVID.  The federal government is spending tens of billions of dollars on supporting the economy during this difficult time, as well as providing some support to individuals and retail business and so on. 

Our concern is that the federal government is putting most of its investment so far into oil and gas (give link to article) and not into Clean Tech.

Canada can lead on climate and we need to press our government to do so!

Mary Robinson called on Canada to lead on climate in The Globe and Mail in this op-ed July 29th, https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/article-canada-can-lead-on-climate-change-if-leaders-match-words-with-deeds/  

Adam Radwanski in the Globe and Mail:  “Trudeau is hesitating to seize the best opportunity he’ll have to fight climate change”

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/commentary/article-trudeau-is-hesitating-to-seize-the-best-opportunity-hell-have-to/

RIGHT NOW WE CAN SPEAK UP TO FINA!

The Finance Committee is taking submissions until August 7th, 11:59 pm.

Here’s an excerpt from our letter to FINA:

A Just Recovery

Investment in climate action can drive a just transition for fossil fuel workers and their communities, leaving no one behind.  Spending on renewable energy projects, for example, creates up to three times the number of jobs as the same commitment to fossil fuels. Deep retrofit of buildings is a labour-intensive activity that provides opportunities for training and transitional employment, but must be organised on a mass basis to meet the country’s goals for greenhouse gas reductions and job creation.

Climate investments, and the budget as a whole, must provide a just recovery from the pandemic.  The Green New Deal, the Alternative Federal Budget Recovery Plan, and the Green Strings Principles  all provide pathways to integrate climate action with progress toward a more equitable society.  Climate actions must provide opportunities and reduce inequities through consultation with women and with Indigenous and racialized people followed by implementation that addresses the needs they identify. Projects on Indigenous homelands must be based on equitable partnerships. Important programs such as childcare, improved healthcare, employment protections, and EI/income supplements will be essential to address the issues that have been highlighted by the pandemic. 
 

If you want to submit the basic info is here:

https://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/FINA/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=10877390  

 

FINA is the House Finance committee. Its membership is here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/FINA/Members
 

FINA is responsible for receiving pre-budget submissions that then get shared with the Ministry of Finance in the process of developing the federal budget. The consultation portal that’s open until August 7 is to make such submissions. The 2021 federal budget is all about COVID, and the things we might recommend to the budget process for post-COVID recovery might include investment in zero emissions vehicles and public transit, deep energy retrofits for buildings, greater investment in renewable electricity and less (no) investment in fossil fuels. 
 

Download ClimateFast's submission

We are using several reference docs to put our submission together including these:

 https://justrecoveryforall.ca/

The Green Strings Principles - International Institute for Sustainable Development    

·         5 Bold Moves for a Resilient Recovery- Task Force for a Resilient Recovery

·         Healthy Recovery Plan- Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment

·         Building Back Better- Corporate Knights

https://thepracticalutopian.ca/2020/01/05/climate-emergency-a-26-week-transition-program-for-canada/    (Guy Dauncey)

 OTHER INFO ON STRENGTHENING FEDERAL CLIMATE ACTION 

ARTICLES ON THE WEIGHT OF AID TOWARD FOSSIL FUELS IN COVID RESPONSE

https://www.nationalnewswatch.com/2020/07/15/aid-for-energy-heavily-weighted-towards-fossil-fuels-in-covid-19-response-3/#.Xw96aZNKj-Y

 https://theenergymix.com/2020/07/16/canadas-pandemic-response-sends-16-billion-to-fossils-just-300-million-to-clean-energy-global-energy-policy-tracker-shows/

For more info on Canada’s record: Canada’s COVID economic recovery plan -- the IISD (International Institute for Sustainable Development) is actively monitoring the role of Federal and Provincial energy subsidies green and brown, compared to G20 members, latest update: https://www.energypolicytracker.org/ and https://www.energypolicytracker.org/country/Canada

This article is a reminder of just how urgent the situation is and how poor Canada’s record is: https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/07/16/opinion/global-fossil-burning-breaks-record-2019-canadians-top-1

From the article: CANADA’S PER CAPITA FOSSIL FUEL BURN

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