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Leaping into the Future

A comprehensive strategy for reducing Ontario’s emissions

Climate Action. Now.

The impacts of climate change are increasing in size and intensity every year, profoundly challenging our economy, environment and quality of life. Climate change is nature’s tax on everything. In just the first five months of 2018 alone, damage due to extreme weather events in Ontario amounted to nearly $750 million in insured losses.

There is no Planet B.

Decades of inaction have put us in a race against time to prevent extreme floods, storms, drought, heat waves, forest fires and food shortages from becoming the new normal. According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, we have just a few years to drastically turn around the global emissions trajectory before unleashing irreversible, catastrophic climate breakdown.

Canada has one of the highest per-capita emissions rates in the world. We must do our part. That includes Ontario. We must reject morally bankrupt arguments that our contribution to the problem is negligible.

Making a difference requires bold action, not resistance to change. The Green Party of Ontario is offering solutions that will help everyone, including businesses and households, to make the transition that is happening whether we like it or not.

By embracing the $26 trillion global clean economy, we can build a more resilient province that protects the people and places we love, while ensuring Ontario generates jobs and prosperity.

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A credible strategy. The must-haves.

Ontarians expect us to lead, not follow, in addressing the climate crisis. Real leadership means including these essential components in a strategy for reducing GHG pollution:

  • Science-based commitments and legislated binding emission targets: Ontario should do its part to limit global average temperature increase to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels, as close as possible to 1.5C. Ontario should also adopt binding emission targets and an annual carbon budget to do our fair share to reduce GHG pollution, including achieving Net Carbon Neutral by 2050 and reaching the maximum practical interim reductions in emissions.
  • Pollution pricing: Ontario should accept the global consensus from academics, economists, and Nobel Prize winning experts who agree that a price on pollution is the most effective and efficient way to reduce emissions. It is the foundation upon which a credible climate plan is built.
  • Job creation in the clean economy: Ontario should leap into the $26 trillion global clean economy, supporting jobs and investment in the fastest growing sectors in the world, and ensuring a just transition for workers, with a focus on breaking down systemic barriers for women, Black, Indigenous and people of colour.
  • Affordable energy efficiency and conservation: Ontario should prioritize energy efficiency and conservation as the first-step solutions for lowering our carbon footprint, while helping people, public institutions and businesses to save money by saving energy.

Preamble

This document on the right is a living document that was initially prepared in the fall of 2018 to mobilize public opinion to influence the government’s climate plan. Our aim was to provide input to the Progressive Conservative Ontario government, who had cancelled Ontario’s climate plan and had promised a replacement. Sadly, the government put forward a “plan” that experts agree is made-to-fail.

Greens will keep fighting for credible, just solutions to the climate crisis.

Updates have been made to reflect our ongoing efforts to provide positive, evidence based solutions to the climate crisis. Before the scheduled 2022 election, we will also be delivering a costed, comprehensive climate plan with a path for a just transition that focuses on strengthening laws, leveling the playing field, disrupting the fossil fuel lock in, protecting nature, creating new careers with good paying jobs, and better, more affordable low carbon living for all.

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Green Party of Ontario Climate Plan

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