More and more, we are feeling the effects of climate change, including heat waves, increased fires, and floods. Extreme weather is killing people, devastating communities and destroying critical infrastructure and environmental assets.
It is my strong belief that environmental justice is social justice. A Just Transition must not only create a healthier environment, but also better opportunities and improve affordability for Canadian workers and families. We must end taxpayer subsidies to the fossil fuel industry and move into sustainable, renewable energy resources, investing in and bringing Canadian workers along the way. We need to improve energy efficiencies in all our infrastructure, invest in green, affordable transit and make lives more affordable for Canadians. We must center Indigenous knowledge and rights in our resource development.
Left unchecked, extreme weather connected to climate change will continue to wreak havoc on Canadian lives and livelihoods. Losing is not an option - we must fight the climate crisis like we mean to win.
Climate leaders do not buy pipelines. Climate leaders do not adopt Stephen Harper’s carbon emissions target.