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There is a growing consensus that we must get to a 100% clean energy economy by 2050 in order to stop the worst impacts of climate change. But what does this mean for Canada and how do we get there?

Clean, renewable energy creates electricity using natural systems such as the wind, sun, and water – harnessing that energy to power cars, heat homes, and sustain communities without harmful GHGs. 

Canada has been caught between a rock and hard place when it comes to transitioning off fossil fuels. Not only have we built communities that are dependant on these fuels for energy – part of our economy and many jobs rely on the industry.

But there is more then just hope that we can change – there is proof. Cities, states, companies, and countries all over the world are increasing their supply of clean energy and phasing out coal and oil, faster than you can imagine. They are building clean energy infrastructure, creating jobs, and reducing their dependency on fossil fuels.

It is no longer technology that stands in our way. That’s why we call on Canada’s federal government to take the following actions to get us to a 100% clean economy by 2050.

HOW TO GET TO 100% CLEAN

Start building and supporting clean energy infrastructure

Start building and supporting clean energy infrastructure

In order to provide more clean energy to consumers, we need polices that allow solar, wind, and other clean energy industries to flourish. By creating a business friendly environment, Canada can attract investment and the clean energy sector will prosper. And the benefits are immediate – as more clean energy supplies the gird, less fossil fuel will be used to support your home and community.

Stop building infrastructure that perpetuates Canada’s dependency on fossil fuels

Stop building infrastructure that perpetuates Canada’s dependency on fossil fuels

Energy infrastructure is big and expensive and it lasts a long time. Infrastructure that gets built now defines the world we live in 40 and 50 years from now and limits the choices we will be able to make. Building a pipeline, approving new tar sands mines, constructing oil rigs in the Arctic – these kinds of infrastructure lock us into a fossil fuel dependant future. Getting to 100% clean energy by 2050 means weaning ourselves off fossil fuels and one of the first steps is saying no to more fossil fuel infrastructure.

Implement the International Declaration on Indigenous Rights

Implement the International Declaration on Indigenous Rights

Any policies for a more sustainable future must start by respecting the rights and title of Indigenous communities. Indigenous peoples have been leading the challenge in protecting our shared natural environment from damaging resource extraction projects, including at the source of the tar sands and all associated pipeline infrastructure. Implementation and adhesion to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is critical in ensuring Indigenous peoples are equal participants in the decision making and development of the strategies for new economic and energy transition plans.

Invest in clean, low-carbon jobs

Invest in clean, low-carbon jobs

Investing in a clean economy means supporting jobs in sectors that build a stronger, more livable country and providing retraining services for those in carbon-intensive industries to fully contribute to the clean energy economy. But low-carbon jobs don’t only involve clean energy. Many important sectors such as teachers, health care, and community service workers provide important services yet have often been the hardest hit by generations of austerity budgets.

Nuclear energy, while producing low GHG’s, is not part of our vision for a 100% clean economy due to the potential of catastrophic risks to the environment and human health.

MARCH WITH US

November 29, Ottawa. On the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, let’s show our new government that a 100% clean economy is 100% possible.

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