This Week’s Climate Actions
📌Call for Action on Climate-Aligned Finance in Canada – Call for organizational sign-ons
From Environmental Defence: We invite your organizations to call for representatives from the Canadian parliament and Senate to implement climate-aligned financial regulation to reroute the financial sector’s action on climate change. The call to action is based on Senator Rosa Galvez’s Bill S-243, the Climate-Aligned Finance Act.
📌Support Niki Ashton’s Private Members’ Bill C-245: To Amend the Canada Infrastructure Ban Act
From Niki Ashton, MP: This bill would allow Canada to leverage public ownership and public investment in the fight against climate change, and in support of the most marginalized communities such as Indigenous and Northern communities in Canada. It would change the mandate of the Canada Infrastructure Bank by making the fight against the climate crisis its priority, and removing the part of its mandate that allows it to seek out private investment. Please support Niki’s bill. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
📌Add Coal to Canada’s Toxic Substances Act – A Petition to Parliament
From Victor Brice, Nanaimo: We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to: (1) Add thermal coal to the Priority Substances List of the Canadian Environment Protection Act (CEPA), and, as soon thereafter as possible, to the Toxic Substances List of CEPA; and (2) Regulate the mining, use, export, and import of thermal coal in Canada in accordance with our international commitments to reduce carbon emissions at home and abroad.
📌A Half-Baked Plan Won’t Cut It In A Climate Emergency. Please contact your MLA
From Sierra Club of BC: BC’s Climate Change Accountability Act requires the government to publish annual reports on how it plans to make progress toward all its climate targets. The 2021 report falls woefully short, by failing to include a plan for the 2025, 2040 and 2050 climate targets. It also omits the government’s plan to cut carbon pollution from the oil and gas sector, which could rapidly grow in coming years—fueled largely by the B.C. government’s support for fracked gas and LNG projects. Tell your MLA that you expect better. Anything less than complete plans to reduce carbon pollution in every sector while meeting every target along the path to 2050 is unacceptable in the context of the climate emergency.
Cedar LNG Application – Please Comment, by Thursday April 14th, midnight
Cedar LNG Partners LP wants to construct and operate a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility and marine export terminal near Kitimat, using fracked gas shipped through Wet’su-wet’en territory using the Coastal GasLink pipeline. The project would produce 3 to 4 million tonnes of LNG per year, and have a lifespan of at least 25 years. It would produce 168,000 tonnes of CO2 annually if the liquefaction is powered from the BC Hydro grid, or 840,000 tonnes of CO2 if it relies on its own gas for power. The Public Comment Period on the project’s application for an Environmental Assessment certificate is open until April 14. Company’s website. Click here for the Wilderness Committee’s assessment.
📌 Sign-on: Urge Canada and other country to end public finance for fossils in 2022
By April 10th
From Oil Change International: I’m writing to ask organizations to sign-on to a set of letters calling on Canada and others to keep their promises under the COP26 Glasgow where 39 signatories including Canada committed to (1) End their international public finance for ‘unabated’ fossil fuels by the end of 2022, and (2) “prioritise [their] support fully towards the clean energy transition.” For Canada, we have broadened the asks to include asks on all fossil fuel subsidies . Please add your organizational endorsement if you can here — ideally by Sun April 10th.