WHEREAS an overwhelming scientific consensus confirms that the Earth’s climate system is unequivocally warming as a result of human activities that increase atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases;
WHEREAS the resulting climate change has well-documented severe environmental, economic and social costs, and already contributes to 400,000 deaths a year globally;
WHEREAS environmental protection and economic growth are not mutually exclusive;
BE IT RESOLVED that Canada urgently create a national environmental strategy that embraces scientific evidence and accepts the reality of human-caused climate change, champions mandatory international agreements to keep the Earth’s atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations below the level that would increase global temperatures by 2 degrees Celsius, sets firm annual targets for Canada’s fair share of emission reductions, takes appropriate action to ensure they are met and publishes independently-validated annual progress reports;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this strategy be comprehensive and developed in consultation with all levels of government and other stakeholders and place a realistic and fair price on carbon while supporting regulatory and innovative approaches to sustainable development;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these strategies be evidence-based and support the investments needed to make them economically advantageous to implement;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that these strategies include investment in research and development into ways to reduce costs of green energy technologies.
Liberal Party of Canada (Ontario)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Government of Canada are taking action to keep Canadians safe, healthy, and supported.