Canadians agree that a lot more needs to be done to protect our environment from the effects of climate change. Nature Canada, as a member of the Climate Action Network, offers this seven-point strategy to help the federal government do more to fight climate change, Canada’s most profound environmental challenge.
- Implement a climate plan that effectively reduces all major Canadian sources of GHGs, unequivocally re-commits to meeting all Canada’s obligations under the Kyoto Protocol and sets science-based targets for the longer term.
- Prepare regulations that set absolute emission targets for the biggest industrial polluters and apply no later than 2008. Energy efficiency regulations for appliance and equipment manufacturers and others must be aggressively strengthened in the same timeframe.
- For the automotive sector, regulate GHG emissions in a stringent manner.
Announce aggressive national objectives and adequate supporting funds for the deployment of low-impact renewable energy in the electricity, heating and transportation sectors.
- Restore and expand the EnerGuide for Houses grants program.
Increase investment in research on climate impacts and adaptation in line with the recommendations of the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmospheric Sciences.
- Invest in effective programs to educate Canadians about climate change and engage them in solutions.
Nature Canada is a member of Climate Action Network Canada, a network of over 40 member organizations, including conservation, major faith and labour organizations. Members work together for federal, provincial and local government action in defense of the climate.