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Top 5 Actions for a National Climate Plan

Source: Council of Canadians; Robert van Waarden/ Survival Media Agency

Source: Council of Canadians; Robert van Waarden/ Survival Media Agency

On March 3rd, First Ministers will be meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Vancouver to lay the groundwork for a National Climate Plan.

The Council of Canadians’ Energy & Climate Justice Campaigner proposes the following 5 priorities for such a plan:

  • Freeze fossil fuel expansion and related infrastructure
  • A clean plan towards a 100% renewable energy economy by 2050
  • All plans must respect the inherent rights and title of Indigenous communities
  • Just transition and prioritizing equity measures
  • $4 billion a year for climate adaptation and mitigation measures in the Global South

To this list, we would add that Canada needs to focus on adaptation here at home, not just abroad. This new federal government has promised considerable funding for new infrastructure, even acknowledging that climate-resilient infrastructure, flood mitigation, and wastewater systems are among their priorities. Explicitly tying these commitments to climate change would be a good start to focusing on adaptation.

We’ll certainly be watching for more news and outcomes of the meeting in the coming weeks.

Read more from the Council of Canadians article here.

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