Public health research has shown that climate change is amplifying the health disparities that poorer people already face as a result of social conditions, like substandard housing or jobs with poor working conditions.
The natural resources minister demanded to know if Conservative MP Jeremy Patzer believed in climate change. “You’re here to answer our questions,” Patzer shot back.
“We can have clean air with carbon dioxide in the air,” said one speaker. “We should be focused on clean land, clean water. This is a big-government, costly policy that unfairly impacts our industries.”
EnviroMuslims, a community group that aims to increase climate action within the Canadian Muslim community, and Faith and the Common Good, a national inter-faith charitable network, are taking part in Sacred People, Sacred Earth, a global day of action on March 11 in 38 countries.
Federal Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says he is open to “a range of different amendments” to Bill C-12, the government’s net-zero legislation.
Group including Climate Action Network Canada executive director Catherine Abreu and Assembly of First Nations Yukon Regional Chief Kluane Adamek will be able to draw upon the resources of Environment and Climate Change Canada and other government departments to conduct emissions modelling or other analysis, and can be briefed by public servants on federal programs.
Mike Thompson, chief economist and director of analysis for the U.K.’s Climate Change Committee, says, “It’s pretty clear that once you set these targets, this is not about tomorrow’s problem, this is today’s problem.”
“Capitalism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia, anti-migrant sentiment, Islamophobia, anti-Indigenous sentiment, racism — all these things really help to uphold climate change, rather than work to fix it,” says Indigenous Climate Action’s Lindsey Bacigal.
The environment and climate change minister’s remarks come after former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon urged Canada to “demonstrate greater leadership in the collective effort to tackle climate change.”
The Dec. 8 report by Yves Giroux concludes that the government’s decision in 2018 to purchase and run the pipeline remains a profitable move only if Ottawa doesn’t take further steps to combat climate change, and if the planet maintains its unquenchable thirst for oil.