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VANCOUVER — Today at the United Nations climate summit, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined a five-pillared framework for developing a national climate action strategy and stressed the importance of building on solutions from provincial, municipal and indigenous leaders.
"Co-operation is what moves the needle on major issues like climate change," said Ian Bruce, director of science and policy for the David Suzuki Foundation. "Canada's federal government has a historic opportunity to show global leadership by recognizing the best provincial policies already in place and by strengthening and amplifying those solutions at a national scale."
The five ideas at the heart of the federal government's approach: a commitment to science-based decision-making; policies to develop a low-carbon economy including a national price on carbon pollution; a collaborative approach with municipal, provincial and indigenous leaders; assisting the developing world through financing for climate adaptation and mitigation projects; and viewing climate change as an opportunity to build a more innovative, clean economy.
The David Suzuki Foundation is encouraged by commitments made today by the prime minister. Given the pledge to develop both targets and a plan for action within 90 days of the UN climate summit, there is reason for optimism. The commitment to science-based decision-making and a collaborative approach that includes indigenous leaders represents a positive shift in Canadian climate policy. DSF will be looking for details in the plan that include ambitious targets, a national price on carbon pollution and a promise to speed up the transition to renewable energy.
The prime minister's address comes following several weeks of announcements from governments across Canada to speed the transition to a clean energy economy.
Last week the federal government announced a five-year plan to contribute $2.65 billion to the United Nations Green Climate Fund for developing countries, but has yet to declare what its contributions will be post-2020, when developed nations have committed to contribute a total of $100 billion annually.
"The recent federal and provincial commitments have been substantial, but are not a complete response for the country," said Bruce. "In order to seize the opportunity that the global climate summit represents, Canada needs to be clear about where it is going and how long it will take.
By acting as a country we can do much more to meet Canada's commitments. That is the real strength of a federal, unifying climate strategy."
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VANCOUVER — Three days before the United Nations climate conference begins in Paris, France, British Columbia has yet to announce climate commitments. This is disappointing as other provinces are taking new, credible plans and policies to address climate change to the UN climate talks. B.C. risks not regaining its status as an innovative leader in an area it originally championed.
Today, the B.C. Climate Leadership Team released recommendations it says are needed for British Columbia to step up strongly at the Paris conference.
The Climate Leadership Team was appointed by the B.C. government in May to provide expert advice and recommendations for the province's climate action plan. It includes representatives from environmental groups, government, First Nations, the business sector, academia and other sectors. The David Suzuki Foundation helped develop B.C.'s groundbreaking climate polices in 2008, and submitted material for the current team's consideration.
Although B.C.'s adoption of a carbon tax incentive in 2008 has received praise, the B.C. government froze tax levels in 2012. The Climate Leadership Team recommends an annual $10 increase in the tax starting in 2018 and expansion to include all emissions.
Other highlights include energy-efficiency recommendations for buildings, more financing for energy retrofits, a task force to investigate B.C.'s competitive advantages in a low-carbon economy and moving toward zero-emissions standards for vehicles. The leadership team also looked at B.C.'s plans to expand liquefied natural gas development and recommends that BC Hydro develop a strategy to supply LNG, natural gas and associated infrastructure projects with clean power.
The team acknowledges that more work is needed to develop requirements to reduce emissions in the transportation sector and to build public-transit infrastructure. Even with the team's strong recommendations, B.C. will have to take further action to meet its 2020 emissions target, the team concludes.
"With support for action on climate change coalescing at all levels in Canada — on the streets, among businesses, in cities and at the provincial level — B.C.'s lack of a strong climate commitment so far seems out of step," said David Suzuki Foundation science and policy director Ian Bruce. "We hope the B.C. government will make an announcement at the UN climate conference, but it's disappointing that a province that once led on climate solutions is in danger of losing its status as world leaders gather for the climate summit. Adopting the leadership team's recommendations would be a good start, with more work needed before 2020 targets can be met."
The David Suzuki Foundation is sending a three-member team to the UN climate talks in Paris. For more information, see: www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2015/11/david-suzuki-foundation-delegation-available-for-media-interviews-at-un-climate-/
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VANCOUVER — Members of the David Suzuki Foundation's climate team are available for interviews at the United Nations climate summit in Paris, taking place between November 30 and December 12. These talks represent the beginning of a new phase in global climate action, with political, business, religious and civil society groups working together for global action to accelerate the transition to renewable energy and eliminate carbon pollution.
The delegation will be led by Science and Policy Manager Ian Bruce, a former geophysicist with the oil and gas industry with 12 years of renewable energy advocacy and climate change policy experience. Bruce will be featured during the Canadian segment of Al Gore's 24 Hours of Climate Reality broadcast on November 13 and will be available for interviews in Paris along with Climate and Clean Energy Communications and Research Specialist Steve Kux. Spokespeople at the Foundation's Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal offices can offer media perspectives on climate announcements from Paris as they affect Canadians at home.
"With climate leadership already underway at municipal and provincial levels, we are optimistic that Canada's federal government can seize the opportunity that Paris presents, with support from Canadians, to coordinate an effective and responsible national strategy to cut carbon pollution and build a strong economy for Canada based on renewable energy and clean technology," Bruce said.
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In Paris: November 29 to December 12
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In Paris: November 29 to December 12
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In less than two years since publicly announcing its sustainable seafood policy with SeaChoice, Buy-Low Foods has become the first North American major grocer to remove all fresh and frozen red-listed "Avoid" seafood and replace these products with seafood from more sustainable sources at its corporately owned locations, including Nesters Market.
Buy-Low Foods implemented an aggressive work plan to successfully replace red-listed "Avoid" seafood with more ocean-friendly choices, discontinuing the sale of many high-demand species such as open net-pen farmed salmon, Atlantic cod and Russian king crab.
"Buy-Low Foods has worked extremely hard to find innovative solutions to many challenging seafood issues, including farmed salmon and shrimp, in an effort to meet the goals of their robust sustainable seafood policy," said Bill Wareham, SeaChoice member from the David Suzuki Foundation.
Buy-Low Foods president Dan Bregg stated, "We are proud to be the first retailer to achieve our sustainable seafood commitment to remove all red-listed items from our stores. With our dual focus on sourcing more responsible alternatives, we continue to have a great selection of choices that customers can feel good about feeding their families. Our stores will continue to work with SeaChoice to find new ways to support healthier oceans for today and tomorrow."
Buy-Low Foods (BLF), part of the Jim Pattison Group of companies, was originally founded as a single store in 1966 and today is a Western Canadian owned and operated retailer with 37 corporate and franchise independent stores in urban, suburban and rural communities throughout British Columbia and Alberta, with over 1,600 retail employees committed to providing their customers with quality products — BLF's neighbourhood stores have strong roots in their communities.
SeaChoice, Canada's most comprehensive sustainable seafood program is about solutions for healthy oceans. Launched in 2006, SeaChoice was created to help Canadian businesses and shoppers take an active role in supporting sustainable fisheries and aquaculture at all levels of the seafood supply chain. Based on scientific research, SeaChoice has created easy-to-use tools that help you make the best seafood choices. www.SeaChoice.org.
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Lana Brandt, National SeaChoice Manager
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