Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: Act now!

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I’m glad Canada now has a national climate plan. The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change sets direction and is key to making progress. Not only have you made climate action a priority here at home, but you have taken a leadership role in international climate negotiations.

I’m glad Canada now has a national climate plan. The Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change sets direction and is key to making progress. Not only have you made climate action a priority here at home, but you have taken a leadership role in international climate negotiations.
Full implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework will create new, long-term jobs, enable local energy and economic diversification, improve air quality and human health, reduce dependence on higher-polluting external energy resources, increase savings on energy bills, and widen the distribution of these benefits to communities throughout our country.
There’s no time to lose in advancing renewable energy and shifting away from
highly carbon-polluting fossil fuels.
We urge you to:
• Eliminate subsidies to the fossil fuel industry by 2020;
• Increase investments in renewables and grid and infrastructure upgrades that will enable more low-impact distributed renewable energy to be brought online;
• Continue to provide a federal carbon pricing back-stop to send a clear market signal that polluters must pay;
• Enact robust clean power legislation that mandates low-impact renewable energy and ends our dependency on high-carbon power sources;
• Support the transition from coal-fired electricity to renewables rather than natural gas;
• Invest in training programs that help workers in the fossil fuel industry seize
new opportunities in the growing renewable economy;
• Ensure Canada meets Minister Carr’s commitment that by 2030, 30% of new
vehicles sold will be electric.
Your leadership on government policy and programs can set Canada on a path to
being powered by low-impact distributed renewable energy that brings green jobs and opportunities to communities throughout the country.
For the love of all life, please act NOW!!!!

The David Suzuki Foundation team