Climate Change Accountability Act

We all know that climate change caused by greenhouse gases (GHGs), emitted by humans, is already endangering our planet.  It will reduce global food supplies; cause the extinction of up to 50% of animals and birds; affect our health because of extreme heat; flood cities near oceans as the water level rises; kill coral reefs by acidification of sea water, result in dangerous storms, flooding and droughts; and increase the risk of war between countries desperate for water.  Yet the Harper government has steadfastly refused to do anything substantial to reduce Canada's GHGs even though, on a per-person basis, Canada is the third worst GHG polluter in the world, after Australia and the USA.  Canada's position is becoming increasingly embarrassing to Canada, with even Ban Ki-Moon, the head of the UN, recently asking Canada to do more in this area.

Bill C-319, the Climate Change Accountability Act introduced by NDP MP Matthew Keeway, asks Canada to act responsibly.  Its purpose is "to ensure that Canada contributes fully to the stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system." 


To do this, the bill would require the Canadian Government to ensure that Canadian greenhouse gas emissions are reduced, subject to the ultimate objectives of the UNFCCC, (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) to the following levels:

(a) as a long-term target, to a level that is at least 80% below the 1990 level by the year 2050; and

(b) as a medium-term target, ... to a level that is 34% below the 1990 level by the year 2025.


Harper misleadingly tells Canadians that he is doing all he can without hurting the economy, yet the danger to the economy is far greater if nothing is done.  Harper's approach is like refusing to reshingle a leaking roof to save money today, with the result of having to replace an entire rotting roof in the near future.  The alternative, taking the morally and fiscally responsible approach of reducing our own GHG emissions now, can only lead to a better future for all of us: a more liveable environment, better health, and more jobs (renewable energy already hires more Canadians than the fossil-fuel industry).  Let Matthew Keeway know that you support his bill.  A similar bill has already been presented three times by the NDP.  The first time was in 2006 by Jack Layton, when it passed through the House of Commons under the minority Conservative government, but died in Senate when Harper called the 2008 election.  Let's work to get it through this time!


Sign the NDP's petition in support of C-319

Thank you,

Alan and Linda Slavin

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