Carbon Pricing Alone Won’t Deliver the Climate Mobilization We Need

There’s a troubling subtext in the flurry of recent support for carbon pricing: the assumption, stated or implied, that all we have to do to rein in Canada’s soaring greenhouse gas emissions is nudge the markets to solve the problem.

It isn’t that pricing isn’t a part of a wider suite of solutions. But if we really expect to reduce the country’s carbon pollution by at least 80%, no later than 2050—from a 1990 baseline that is much lower than our current target’s 2005 reference year—we will need a fundamental shift across the whole economy.

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GreenPAC Endorses the Green 18

GreenPAC has endorsed the Green 18, 18 candidates with strong environmental track records in Canada’s 2015 federal election.

Candidates from six provinces (British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia) were endorsed, including representation from all major national parties: Conservatives (2), Liberals (6), NDP (7), and Greens (3).

“Environmental leadership needs to come from all parts of the political spectrum,” said Aaron Freeman, GreenPAC’s Founder and President.

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Green is the New White

I remember learning in grade school that white light is composed of all other colours of the spectrum, whereas every other colour is only a fragment of it. For most of my life, I have felt that the Canadian ‘green’ movement is much like the colour green, representing only a narrow demographic – nature-loving, socially conscious, engaged, intelligent, well-intentioned, privileged, white Canadians. It certainly didn’t represent most of the people in my world!

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How Benefit Corporations are changing the system

I started my web business, OpenConcept, with the conviction that collaboration is key if our society is going to be able to make the changes that we need to. The sustainability challenges we are facing are simply escalating too quickly and require such sweeping behavioral shifts that I am confident we can’t truly address them without systemic change.

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On Canada and Climate (In)action

Derick Ajumni on behalf of GreenPAC sat down with Tom Rand from MaRS Discovery District, a leading expert on low-carbon technologies and the supporting infrastructure, such as renewable energy and energy efficiency to talk about the role the Government has in building a more sustainable future. Read more about Canada’s cleantech industry in parts one and two.

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After #MacDebate, the environment is set to become a key election issue

It has been a while since the environment has played anything but a fringe role in Canadian election campaigns, with jobs, the economy, and security issues taking a more high-profile role. GreenPAC seeks to combat this by championing candidates that have a strong background on environmental issues.

To date, issues like national childcare and the anti-terrorism bill may have received more elections media attention, but we think the environment is well-positioned to become a defining issue over the next 72 days of campaigning. Here are four reasons why:

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A Proactive Approach to Environmental Law

Prof. Lynda Collins is a member of GreenPAC’s Expert Panel, a diverse group of environmental academics from across the country. They have developed criteria to endorse political candidates who have demonstrated their environmental leadership. She is a member of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability at the University of Ottawa, with a background in legal approaches to toxic substances, including regulatory environmental law, toxic tort law, and the international law of environmental human rights. We sat down to chat about her career and how to use environmental law to prevent disasters.

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Does public opinion on environment match government action?

The vast Canadian wilderness is among our nation’s most iconic images. Our art, our flag, the symbols on our money, and even our commercials reflect the significance of nature for the Canadian identity. 85% of Canadians regularly participate in nature-related activities and 82% feel a deep personal connection to nature.[1] Not surprisingly, public concern for the environment has been a factor in our politics for over half a century.

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The cost of not solving climate change? We can't afford it.

On behalf of GreenPAC, Derick Ajumni sat down with Tom Rand from MaRS Discovery District to talk about the relationship between our government and the emerging cleantech industry. This is the second instalment of the multi-part series — you can read more about Canada's cleantech industry in part one.

 

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Let's Rebuild our Environmental Legislation

Meet Paula Boutis, environmental lawyer and member of the GreenPAC Board - she's helping us jumpstart environmental leadership in Canadian politics. We asked her to reflect on how she became interested in taking care of the world around us. 

 

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