FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 28, 2018
K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – A group of concerned citizens and organizations are taking consultation on climate change into their own hands.
A group of more than two dozen labour organizations, Mi’kmaq groups, students, businesses, energy affordability advocates and environmental organizations have come together to create the 2030 Declaration. This follows the provincial government’s failure to have public input on Nova Scotia’s proposed Cap and Trade system and in the lead up to a proposed renewal of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act later this fall.
The 2030 Declaration will be released at a public event this Thursday. It calls for strong climate targets and prosperity for workers and communities in the transition to a low-carbon economy.
Specifically, the declaration calls for a greenhouse gas reduction target of 50% below 1990 levels by 2030. Research by The Green Economy Network shows that this reduction target could create more than 30,000 jobs in the province within the energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainable transportation sectors.
The groups are calling for this transition to be based in support, equity and justice for workers and communities, by centring the voices of Mi'kmaw people, African Nova Scotians, and other marginalized peoples; and by respecting traditional, local, and academic knowledge and the results of strong consultation.
A draft of the declaration can be found here, along with a list of signatories (as of August 27).
DATE: Thursday, August 30, 2018
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
LOCATION: Hope Blooms Greenhouse - 104 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS
Members of the media are invited attend the launch of the 2030 Declaration. Additional media interviews will be available at 11:00 a.m. on-site. Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator for the Ecology Action Centre will be on-site to assist media in connecting with various signatories for interview. He can be reached at (902) 441-7136.
For more information, please contact:
Energy Campaign Coordinator, Ecology Action Centre
902 441 7136