Climate change is tangible and real, and its effects are going to reinforce existing inequalities across the planet. Canada has the power and responsibility to be a global leader on climate solutions.
The international community has committed to addressing climate change through a global accord to cut carbon pollution called the Paris Agreement. For it to succeed, every country needs to take action.
But Canada is not meeting its obligations. The Liberal government has reversed course on its pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies, choosing instead to spend $4.5 billion on an oil sands pipeline to prop up a failing industry.
I believe there is a better path for our country. We need bold investments in good green jobs across the country and in our community. We need a federal commitment to a just transition from oil and gas to a clean economy.
I believe we can take action to avert a climate catastrophe, but we can no longer take small steps. Personally, I’ve helped kickstart a resident-led climate change initiative. Professionally, I’ve successfully lobbied at the municipal level to secure funding to fight the impacts of climate change in our city.