Letter to First Ministers from major business and civil society leaders

November 24, 2016
Posted in Blog
November 24, 2016 Editor

More than 60 CEOs and civil society leaders urge Prime Minister and Premiers to take bold action on clean growth and climate change

Media release: November 24, 2016

This looks highly promising, in direct contradistinction to the new administration to the south, and seemingly to this woman vying for Conservative Party leadership.

an excerpt:

Dear Prime Minister and Premiers:

Building a high performance, low carbon economy is a major economic opportunity and a vital environmental responsibility for Canada. As a diverse group of leaders from different sectors and regions across the country, we applaud your initiative in developing the Pan-Canadian Framework for Clean Growth and Climate Change. And we offer our support in advancing smart policies to help seize this opportunity – building on the momentum already mounting across the country.

The world’s most advanced economic players are hard at work forging cleaner, more innovative economies, fueled by a desire to compete in a changing global marketplace – one with huge potential to spur growth in all parts of Canada’s economy. Clean technology companies can tap into a fast-growing global market expected to exceed $2 trillion per year by 2020, while resource and manufacturing firms can gain competitive ground by boosting their environmental performance and using energy and resources more efficiently.

Canadians also understand they have a responsibility to future generations to do their part in the global effort to fight climate change. And we have begun to make progress in reducing emissions over the past decade, as our economy has grown. Across the country, initiatives by many different governments, businesses and communities are driving a shift towards energy efficiency, greener power, smarter transportation and cleaner production.

Now is the crucial moment to build on these successes and expand our efforts. We can meet our Paris climate commitments, grow our exports of clean technologies, energy, resources and other products, and position Canada to prosper in a changing world.  “Made in Canada” can be a global brand of clean performance and innovation across all economic sectors.  With smart government leadership, that supports Canadians’ sustainability efforts and catalyses private initiative across the country, we can meet this dual economic and environmental opportunity.

Please click on: Smart Prosperity Initiative

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Editor

Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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