The Liberal government needs to make strategic investments if Canada is going to meet the climate change goals the country announced at the Paris Conference of Parties COP 21.
With that statement, President of Canadian Labour Congress Hassan Yussuff opened a press conference today in Vancouver, joined by renowned environmentalist David Suzuki. “The challenge is that we had 10 years of complete negative activity towards accepting climate change is real,” Suzuki said, before pointing out the first step that needs to be taken to work towards keeping global warming below 1.5°C. “The first thing is changing our mindsets.”
Suzuki and Yussuff laid out the labour congress’s “One Million Climate Jobs Plan.” The initiative calls for urgent and “significant industrial transformation toward a new low-to-zero carbon economy,” with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by one third of the current levels, creating jobs and growing the economy.