“Justin Trudeau’s love of fossil fuel will only make Canada’s extreme weather worse.” wrote Tzeporah Berman in her recent opinion piece in The Guardian. The heat wave and wildfires causing havoc, panic and deaths in British Columbia and western Canada are a stark reminder that we are in a climate crisis. Canada’s on fire! And we need a government that will act like it.
Canada’s on Fire
A full two years has gone by since Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government declared a climate emergency on June 18, 2019. But there was little time to celebrate this ‘bold action’ since the very next day—in a move that can only be labelled as cognitive dissonance—Trudeau approved the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion (TMX).
Although the term “emergency” deliberately invokes a state of alert that demands immediate action, the Trudeau government has failed to raise its climate ambition. Our ‘strengthened’ climate plan, A Healthy Environment, A Healthy Economy does not even have the word ‘climate’ in its title. It’s a ‘fossil first’ climate action plan instead of a ‘climate first’ approach—a clear indication that the Trudeau government has been captured by the fossil fuel industry.
Tell Trudeau to Act Like It:
Sign the Petition and call on Trudeau to respond to this crisis with emergency-level climate action that delivers two things:
- An immediate moratorium on new fossil fuel approvals and a freeze on all fossil fuel projects under construction — including the Trans Mountain pipeline.
- Just Transition legislation to support impacted workers and communities, especially Indigenous and remote communities as we move towards a 100% renewable energy future. (Source: text of 350org Canada petition page)
It’s time to get radical on the climate crisis.
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