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Climate Strike Canada calls for urgent action to reflect declared climate emergency

Vancouver, Canada - Climate Strike Canada recognizes the need for a climate emergency declaration, but also demands that it be followed by real action at the scale and urgency the climate emergency requires. They highlight that the resolution passed lacks a plan to reduce emissions.

Emma Lim, co-spokesperson of Climate Strike Canada, said:

“Formally acknowledging that we are in a crisis is important, but means nothing unless specific and concrete action is taken to ensure a fast and just transition to a fossil-free economy. More than a promise, we need a plan to reduce emissions enough to keep warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius. The federal government is failing to take action at the speed and scale needed to prevent catastrophe, and this resolution isn’t holding the government accountable to challenging that irrationality and lack of courage.

The resolution called for Canada to “pursue efforts to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius” . In order to do that while ensuring equity internationally, our 2030 emission reduction target must be increased to at least 65% below 2007 levels, from the current target of 30%. Canada is on track to miss even these insufficient emissions targets, originally set by the previous Harper government.

To meet these targets, we call on the Liberal party to adopt a Green New Deal that tackles the climate crisis with the scale and urgency required by justice and science. The Green New Deal we demand must include: emission reductions of 65% by 2030, the separation of Oil and State, a just transition, enshrining Environmental Rights in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in full, conservation of biodiversity, and protection for vulnerable groups.”

Rebecca Hamilton, co-spokesperson of Climate Strike Canada, said:

“The upcoming federal election is going be a referendum on climate action. The future of our generation and of civilization is at stake. On May 3rd, we set an assignment for all federal parties with candidates running in the 2019 election: hand in your climate action plans by July 1. There are no extensions on this deadline -- the climate does not negotiate. We will then create a report card by marking every plan off a rubric of our demands. We will assess each party’s climate leadership on these plans, rather than by their words. Political candidates cannot be considered rational or legitimate leaders unless they have a science based plan to protect future generations.

The future of our generation can not be used as a bargaining chip or a publicity stunt. This is the greatest challenge that civilization has ever faced. It’s time to acknowledge the state of emergency we are in, but more importantly, it’s time to do something about it.”  


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