Building an inclusive green economy for all Canadians
Do you know how you'll be impacted by climate change?
ONLY 11 YEARS LEFT
to keep global warming under 1.5°C
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a group of the world's leading climate scientists report that we only have 11 years to reduce global emissions by at least 50% to avoid irreversible and catastrophic damages from climate change.
Canada is NOT on track to limit 1.5°C global warming
World's 4th largest oil producer.
Top 10 global carbon polluters.
4th Highest per capita emitter of carbon emissions.
Canada has been setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions since the early 1990s and has never met any target it has set. In 2015, Canada signed the Paris Agreement, under the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and has committed to limit average global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. However, Canada is not on track to meet its 2030 target to cut GHGs by 30% below 2005 emission levels. Even more troubling, we know that our current target is nowhere near what it would take to hold global warming below 1.5°C. Rather, we can expect to see warming of between 2.6°C and 4°C as Canada is warming at twice the global rate.
Climate Change is Canada's greatest public health threat.
In Canada, chronic exposure to fine particulate air pollution resulting from burning of fossil fuels is responsible for 7,100 premature deaths and $53.5 billion in health-related costs per year.
The effects of climate change include: overall changes in temperature, increases in extreme weather events, changes in conventional patterns of disease vectors, polar ice decline, sea level rise, and changes in plant food production patterns, which will all have a subsequent effect on human health.
Climate solutions can save lives, reduce rates of heart disease, asthma, and lung cancer, and cut healthcare costs.
Climate Change is
$43 BILLION PER YEAR BY 2050
The Insurance Bureau of Canada reports that claims for natural disasters such as floods and wildfires have grown from $400 million per year to over $1 billion per year today, while government funding for flood damage and other disasters has increased from $100 million per year to $2 billion.
By 2020, Canada expects climate change to cost $5 billion per year. This includes increase in insurance costs and global economic losses from natural disasters such as wildfires, extreme heat and drought, flooding, water shortage, loss in agriculture resulting in food insecurity, major health costs, infrastructure damages to our roads, sewer system, and buildings.
NO LONGER FREE TO POLLUTE
As a market-driven approach, carbon pricing assigns a gradually increasing per unit cost to greenhouse gases (GHGs), making emissions more expensive, thus providing incentives for individuals and businesses to reduce their GHGs emissions by choosing carbon-free alternatives at an accelerating pace. There is strong evidence from economists that this is the most efficient way to encourage decarbonisation. To ensure fairness, carbon price policies return majority of proceeds to families via tax rebate or reinvest it to green infrastructure that will create more jobs.
Canada can be a global leader by transitioning to a renewable energy economy and growing our wind and solar energy technology. Canada's clean energy sector is growing faster
than the rest of the country's economy
attributing to over 40% of Canada's GDP in 2017 and received $35.5 billion in annual investment. Although wind and solar power was considered expensive, investment and rapid advances in technology renewables are producing more power at record-low prices.
Currently, renewable energy only provides around 17% of Canada's total primary energy supply. A transition to 100% wind, water, and solar energy can make energy cheaper, build a strong economy, and create over half a million good jobs. Strong policies and smart investments are needed to keep Canadian industries competitive, all the while meeting our climate targets. The clean energy sector's success demonstrates the huge opportunity Canadians cannot miss out on.
NATURAL CLIMATE SOLUTIONS
PROTECT. RESTORE. FUND.
Nature can help reduce more than one-third of the global carbon emissions needed to stay below 1.5°C by 2030, remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and store it in natural ecosystems. Protection and management strategies for our forests, farmlands, and coastal wetlands can deliver both significant adaptation and mitigation benefits.
When we protect our forests, restore our ecosystems, and fund natural climate solutions we reduce the chances of climate catastrophe. Canada handed $3.3 billion in subsidies to oil and gas companies last year as a direct handout of cash and tax breaks, while natural climate solutions barely received that amount of funding. If Canada directs its spending to innovative nature-based solutions, we can support economic growth, create jobs and enhance our well-being
STRONG ECONOMY. CLEAN CANADA.
The transition to a renewable energy economy is an opportunity for Canada to build a stronger economy and cleaner country all around. The clean energy sector is outgrowing the rest of Canada’s economy, attracting tens of billions of dollars in investment every year and creating more jobs than any other sector. The high demand jobs in the clean energy sector are in many industries made up of large global companies, family-run businesses and small tech start-ups in every province. It will help reduce carbon pollution by creating renewable energy, reducing energy consumption, supporting clean transportation, and innovating clean technologies.
These jobs are more stable and less dependent on global economic booms and busts. The clean energy sector isn’t just about fighting climate change, it’s also about using Canadian innovation to make life more affordable and create good green jobs with livable wages that support families, sustain communities, and ensure employment equity.
We have 11 years to turn things around
NEED TO ELECT CLIMATE SINCERE POLITICIANS
Whoever is elected will be in power for 4 out of the 11 years we have left to act on climate change. We must elect climate sincere politicians who will take climate action that meets the pace and scale that climate science requires.
We are a youth-led campaign of first generation immigrant students and youth climate activists attending the University of British Columbia. As members of immigrant families, our team witnessed our community members being left behind in the transitions taking place in the Canadian economy. We recognize the challenges immigrants and people of colour face when it comes to feeling represented and engaged in meaningful ways in the Canadian political process. The lack of inclusivity in the national climate change dialogue not only creates a lack of public awareness about the urgency of climate action, but also the possibility that they can thrive in a new generation of employment opportunities that are sustainable, well-paid and secure.
This evident lack of inclusivity and accessibility of information about opportunities within the green economy has visible impacts on the quality of life of many immigrant workers and families in Canada. This oppressive barrier not only impacts our generation, but significantly shapes the future of our children and future generations to follow, who will continue to learn, play, and live in this world. With the upcoming federal election on October 21, 2019, we were inspired to engage in elections work by empowering immigrant community members who are eligible to vote.