While we have made great strides over the past four years, we know there is much more to do. We are committed to exceeding our 2030 Paris target, achieving zero net emissions by 2050, and meeting our five-year targets. To help us, we are committed to taking new steps to reduce pollution faster – such as planting 2 billion trees and other nature-based solutions, reducing energy waste and energy bills, providing clean energy, protecting and preserving more countries and oceans in Canada than ever before. , support for clean technology companies and much more. To protect climate progress, it is essential that we, as a country, play a political game and bias in the public dialogue on climate change. All Canadian political parties and politicians should strive to promote an honest national debate on the impact of action, not action on climate change. This conversation must be based on science, Aboriginal and community knowledge and a deep understanding of justice. Such a discussion has the potential to be a catalyst for an inclusive, bold and creative policy that ensures that we do not just meet our existing commitments for 2030, but that we will go far beyond that. While this is a challenge, it is essential that we move forward and make our fair contribution to the global fight against climate change – to seize the opportunities offered by climate protection and to assume our responsibilities to future generations. We must be careful not to say that we have not achieved our target of significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 by 2019.
Instead, we need to focus on assessing and adapting our progress towards our 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction target. These assessments can be carried out with the environmental impact indicators updated annually by the federal government. The current federal government has introduced new programs for the phasing out of diesel in remote communities, including the $220 million clean energy program in rural and remote communities (CERRC) and the $20 million non-diesel Aboriginal community initiative. However, policies, objectives and progress vary widely from a sub-national government to Canada. All governments need to take more steps to prioritize community and Aboriginal initiatives that reduce dependence on diesel and develop useful and achievable diesel reduction targets. As part of these efforts, the federal government should determine energy policy and diesel reduction targets in isolated communities that are compliant with the FCP.