If we’re going to tackle the climate crisis, we need an ambitious plan — strong, measurable goals to take action, create jobs and leave no one behind.
Until recently, Nova Scotia had no legislated climate and environmental goals past the year 2020. But after hundreds of Nova Scotians emailed the province asking for strong, measurable climate goals, and more than 10,000 people marched in the streets of Halifax in support of the student-led climate strikes, the province introduced legislation that will enable Nova Scotians to set new and updated environmental goals.
The Sustainable Development Goals Act was introduced in October 2019. It includes a legislated GHG emissions reduction target for the year 2030, legislates net zero emissions by 2050, and commits to a new climate change plan to be developed by the end of 2020.
The Act also set out a requirement for public consultations in 2020 to inform the development of new targets for things like renewable electricity, energy efficiency, clean transportation, local food, wilderness protection, waste diversion and more.
Unfortunately, 2020 has passed with little action from the province. No public consultations, no regulations, no climate plan.
It is crucial that public consultations are rescheduled and held in early 2021. These consultations must be substantive and accessible, and prioritize meaningful feedback from communities most affected by environmental harms: Black communities, Mi'kmaw communities, and other marginalized people.
While the Act is a great first step, more needs to be done. Nova Scotians are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. Strong, measurable climate goals are our best chance at addressing the climate crisis, creating thousands of jobs and strengthening the green economy in a way that ensures no one is left behind.
The province has signalled they’re ready to listen to Nova Scotians calls for action on the climate crisis, and work toward building a sustainable, just and prosperous Nova Scotia. Now let’s make sure they hear from us.
Here’s how you can help us keep the pressure up and ensure Nova Scotia gets new, ambitious, inclusive and bold climate goals.
Sign up below to stay in-the-loop for developments on Nova Scotia’s #ClimateGoals – we’ll also let you know when consultations are happening in your area.
Join our #ClimateGoals volunteer team. Dozens of you have stepped up to help further the call for strong climate goals, and it’s making a big difference. Email Joanna if you’d like more information on joining our team of climate goal activists.
Ask for substantive, accessible consultations in your area to ensure our goals are ambitious, inclusive, and based in justice. Contact your MLA via phone or email here: https://nslegislature.ca/members/profiles
Support our work as we continue to take action for the environment. There is still much work to be done. According to the IPCC report, we have just 11 years to curb catastrophic, irreversible climate change. We have a long road ahead. With your support, we can create lasting change in our communities and beyond.
Here are a few additional resources you may be interested in as you prepare for consultations:
- The Sustainable Development Goals Act includes a legislated climate target of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 53% below 2005 levels by 2030. This is currently the most ambitious GHG reduction target in Canada, but is still insufficient. Click here for an in-depth background document on GHG emissions targets.
- The Ecology Action Centre has drafted 19 Goals to Advance the Environmental and Economic Wellbeing of Nova Scotia. Read them here.