Please join MP Joyce Murray on April 30 for an MP Town Hall on Getting Canada to a ‘net zero carbon’ economy
Canadians expect a pragmatic and effective Canadian plan to reduce carbon emissions and do our part to avoid the climate impacts we are beginning to see here (Mountain Pine Bark Beetle) and in vulnerable regions like the Arctic and Middle East.
On April 22nd Prime Minister Justin Trudeau travelled to New York to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate Change committing Canada to achieve emission reductions of 30% below 2005 levels by 2030.
Our government committed to lead in limiting global temperature increase to less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Canada will have to take decisive steps to transition to a low-carbon economy over the coming decades. This is both an enormous challenge, and an exciting potential for renewed economic vibrancy and new jobs.
Come join MP Joyce Murray and our four expert panellists, to explore some of the innovative pathways to getting there!
Jeremy Moorhouse – Clean Energy Canada. Jeremy works to advance our electricity, transportation, and carbon objectives within BC.
George Hoburg – Political scientist and Forestry Professor UBC, with an interest in environmental and natural resource policy.
Sally Aitken – Professor of Forestry and Director of the Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics at UBC.
Graham Whitmarsh – former Head of BC Climate Action Secretariat, Graham was at the forefront of the broad range of climate policy adopted by the BC government, including the implementation of carbon neutral government operations.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Registration 1:00 pm
Town Hall: 1:30 – 3:00 pm
Ryerson United Church, Memorial Hall (2195 45th Ave at Yew)
Light refreshments will be provided
With a friendly apology to any attendees who mistakenly took veggie sausages at the buffet, Eleanor listed powerful steps we can take to improve food systems, including eating less meat. Additionally, we can buy more locally grown foods, minimize food waste, and in some cases pay more for food that is produced ecologically. Eleanor outlined some of the exciting conversations occurring in Canada and globally, as societies consider National Food Policies (NFPs) that take into account not only the business of agriculture but environmental, health and social objectives. She listed three reasons NFPs are difficult for governments, which need to (a) break down silos and work across ministries; (b) juggle radically-competing priorities; and (c) struggle with the complex problem of poverty that is at the root of food insecurity. Eleanor outlined optimistic trends that are improving food-system access, health, and sustainability — including a shift in food banks away from being traditional charities and toward fostering co-operative self-help; and rising consumer awareness to support local farmers, eat food with fewer chemicals and pesticides, waste less food, and think widely about these issues – as the Canadian government is doing in its quest to develop a National Food Policy. References and resources at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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