A Message for Prime Minister Trudeau on his visit to Victoria on July 18, 2019 Print
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Posted by Joan Russow
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 17:13
 
 
Remember, in 2013, Canada agreed to Sustainable Development Goal 13- “Climate change presents the single biggest threat to development, and its widespread, unprecedented impacts disproportionately burden the poorest and most vulnerable. Urgent action to combat climate change is needed
 
Remember in 2015. at COP 21, Ban Ki Moon, in Paris, urged states to negotiate with a global vision
Implementing SDG13 and achieving A global vision for Canada would be:
 
(i) Fulfilling article 2, The ultimate objective of this Convention and any related legal instruments that the Conference of the Parties may adopt is to achieve, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Convention, stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system
(ii) Being determined to protect the rights of future generations, and to invoking the precautionary principle
(iii) Supporting the principle of common and differentiated responsibility, compensating for historical emissions, and instituting a fair and just transition for workers and communities affected negatively by the new vision
(iv) Ending subsidies for fossil fuel, and the investment in fossil fuels through the Canada pension fund
(v) Closing down the tar sands, not rationalizing the continuation of the tar sands to fund renewable energy
(vi) Conserving carbon sinks -such as old growth forests and bogs, planting trees such as Paulownia fortunei and strengthening conservation of biodiversity,  
(vii) Compensating for historical emissions, and instituting a fair and just transition for workers and communities affected negatively by the new vision
(viii) Promoting nature-based solutions and socially equitable and environmentally sound energy such as solar, wind, tidal, and geothermal, and avoiding all false solutions such as nuclear, geo-engineering, fracking and biofuels
(ix) Reducing the military budget by 50% and transfer savings to address the urgency of climate change.
 
Joan Russow
Global Compliance Research Project
Victoria