Summer is approaching, and with it the memories of the Heat Dome which became the first mass weather-caused event in Canada, killing over 600 people. Since then, communities across the country have endured wildfires, floods, storms and drought.
The Government of Canada claims to be a climate leader. But he continues to appease the fossil fuel industry and avoids taking bold action. Every year, it gives oil and gas companies billions of dollars in grants. In 2020, it announced or provided nearly $18 billion in subsidies to the oil and gas sector.
Recently, the government announced a $10 billion loan guarantee to fund the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which is the equivalent of putting 34 million more cars on the road. Then he approved the Bay du Nord project, a floating oil and gas production facility off the coast of Newfoundland.
Canada has missed every one of its greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and is not on track to meet its 2030 target. “yawning gap between climate promises and reality” and warns that without urgent and ambitious action on climate change, the world will become uninhabitable.
The Canadian government talks about a good course of action on climate change, but its actions contradict its words. He needs to “follow the example”. That’s why, on June 29, communities across the country will take action to hold our MPs accountable for their inaction on climate change. Our demands to the Canadian government are:
• end subsidies to the fossil fuel industry;
• prohibit the development of new fossil fuels and start phasing out fossil fuels; and
• Embrace its long-promised Just Transition, which will support fossil fuel workers in their transition to well-paying jobs.
Canada must do its part to avoid catastrophic climate change. The future of our children and grandchildren is at stake. We urge all Canadians to demand more climate action!
Julia Beatty, Shuswap Climate Action
Anne Morris, salmon arm
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