New Declaration gives public voice to climate targets and justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, August 30, 2018

K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) – A broad group of 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 is following 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.

Today, the 2030 Declaration is being released at a public event in Halifax. 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. 

The 2030 Declaration can be found at this link, and is attached, along with a list of signatories (as of August 29).

DATE: Thursday, August 30, 2018 

TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

LOCATION: Hope Blooms Greenhouse - 104 Brunswick Street, Halifax, NS 

Quotes:

“It’s critical that workers are prioritized in this transition. As we move forward toward a low-carbon economy, we need to ensure that workers are centered in the conversations about how this transition takes place and how we can achieve these targets with the goal of greater job creation.”
Suzanne MacNeil, Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council

“Students and young people know that a rapid transition to a green economy is critical for a livable future. Investing in green jobs and accessible education in Nova Scotia will combat youth outmigration and underemployment, while creating a more just and sustainable world”
Aidan McNally, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students Nova Scotia

“We must call on non-profits and businesses to consider and account for the environmental and social impacts of their operations; from heating and cooling sources, to paper used in print material, to overall organizational mission and vision. Building innovative solutions to not only ensure that the organization itself is environmentally and socially aware but also helping customers and communities meet greenhouse gas targets.”
Rodney Small, Common Good Solutions

“I believe that we are at an important moment when it comes to how we can create a vision for our communities in the face of climate change, and so many intersecting challenges. We believe that this is the best path forward: a low-carbon economy that is born of conversations and consultation, and is designed to benefit workers and communities here in Nova Scotia.”
Stephen Thomas, Ecology Action Centre

“We recognize that the work towards reduced emissions and climate justice must centre the rights of Indigenous Peoples and follow treaty rights and responsibilities under the Peace and Friendship Treaties here in Mi'kma'ki. Representing the student community, we feel that by moving towards a low-carbon economy, Nova Scotia can provide a social and economic, environmentally just and equitable way of life.”
Nivie Singh, Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office 

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For further information and media availability, please see contact information below:

Stephen Thomas, Ecology Action Centre
902 441 7136       stephen@ecologyaction.ca

Aidan McNally, Canadian Federation of Students
902-222-2409   chairperson@cfs-ns.ca 

Suzanne MacNeil, Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council (by telephone or email only)
president@halifaxlabour.ca 

Nivie Singh, Dalhousie Student Union Sustainability Office 
nivie.singh@dal.ca    

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