The Paris Agreement on climate change became law in November 2016. This agreement represents a near-global commitment to take action to keep the global temperature rise to well below 2°C over pre-industrial levels and to end global emissions of greenhouse gases by the end of the century.
During the 2019 election, the Liberal Party promised to maintain the national Carbon Tax which will increase from $20 per tonne in 2019 to $50 per tonne by 2022. According to a joint report by the Conference Board of Canada and the Academy of Engineering, the Carbon Tax alone will not be sufficient to meet Canada’s climate commitments.
In response, the Liberal government has announced plans to eliminate subsidies to the fossil fuel industry by 2025. Research by the International Institute for Sustainable Development found that the Canadian federal government supported at least $1.6 billion annual subsidies to the fossil fuel industry in 2015. However, a recent report by the Office of the Auditor General found that these figures could actually be much higher, on account of the lack of definition of a fossil fuel subsidy.
Urge your Member of Parliament to clarify Canada’s current fossil fuel subsidies and bring them to an end. Write to them today!
Canadian climate action must respect scientific estimates of the global GHG emissions budget, and contribute equitably to the goals of the Paris Agreement.
The first essential step is to follow through on the commitment to end federal subsidies and tax breaks to the oil and gas sector (first promised in 2009) that promote the exploration, development, and production of fossil fuels. This commitment should include meaningful consultation and action on a just transition for workers in the fossil fuels sector.
The second step is to support Canadians in acting taking positive steps towards greenhouse gas emission reduction. By building new infrastructure for clean energy and sustainable transportation, Canadians can reduce their greenhouse gas emissions affordably.
We need your voice on this issue! As an expression of love for God’s awesome creation, tell your MP that you, as a person of faith, want meaningful climate action – consistent with the principles of the Paris Agreement – to reduce GHG emissions and address climate change.
Will you add your voice today? Write to your Member of Parliament in support of the Paris Agreement.
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