VANCOUVER – From September 20 to 27, more than a million Canadians joined the global Climate Strike, inspired by teenage activist Greta Thunberg to demand real action on the climate emergency. Climate change is not just another ballot box issue any more and the old-line parties are finally taking notice.
“The October 21 federal election is now a referendum on the climate emergency,” said Green Party leader Elizabeth May. “Canadians are looking for the party that tells them the truth about what we need to do to avoid climate catastrophe. That party is the Green Party.”
Ms. May said that overwhelming public support for the Climate Strike had prompted a quick response from the other parties. “They are scrambling to catch up but none of them has a plan that gets us where we need to be to preserve a livable biosphere.”
The Green Party’s Mission: Possible climate action plan is in sync with the demands of the climate strikers, its emissions targets are in line with recommendations of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and it is the only plan built on an unwavering commitment to eliminating fossil fuels, including LNG and fracked gas pipelines.
“It’s encouraging to see the other party leaders finally taking notice,” said Ms. May, “but one of them ignores climate science completely, one bought a pipeline and a third supports the LNG Canada megaproject, climate destroying fracked gas infrastructure on a massive scale,” said Ms. May.
“Are the Trudeau and Singh climate proposals better than Scheer’s – of course, but they’re still not nearly ambitious enough.”
Mission: Possible analysis shows a pathway to the Paris emissions target.
The Green Party’s shadow cabinet climate caucus today released the party's background research supporting Mission: Possible released last May, showing how Canada can achieve a 60 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach zero emissions by 2050.
“It is detailed and complex, but this technical work with references to other external sources supports the ambition of Mission:Possible,” said climate caucus member and party finance critic John Kidder (candidate for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon). “It is the homework our youth wants to read."
“Our analysis shows that the measures we are proposing are not only possible, they actually create the pathway to a more just, stable and prosperous nation,” said Ms. May. “The Green Party knows this, the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who marched know this, the only ones who still don’t get it are the other parties, who continue to argue about what’s politically possible rather than doing what’s environmentally essential.”
The Mission: Possible analysis is available at:
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