The Nova Scotia government has just announced consultations for the Sustainable Development Goals Act (SDGA) and the provincial climate plan, giving those of us living in Mi’kma’ki/Nova Scotia a chance to put forth a vision of a just, sustainable future.
But why are these climate and environmental goals so important?
Our communities are already beginning to feel the effects of the climate emergency, and we are witnessing the loss of species and habitat every day. At the same time, people in our communities need better support: affordable energy, accessible transit, food security, clean water, climate-safe infrastructure, and equitable access to good, safe jobs here at home. Setting ambitious, measurable goals now is our best chance to create an equitable, sustainable future for our province. A future that prioritizes collective wellbeing, protects the communities and natural spaces we love and rely on, and leaves no one behind.
Like the ones we set in our everyday lives, the goals laid out in the SDGA will help motivate us to achieve more, measure our progress and keep us on track to creating the world we want for ourselves and future generations. And by setting goals for climate action, we’re able to realize what we need to avoid or change in order to achieve that future.
Through the SDGA consultations, Nova Scotians can advocate for the things that matter most to our communities. We can support measures to hold government and industry accountable to the goals they set and make sure Nova Scotia is doing our fair share in the fight to curb the climate crisis. We can call for actions that support workers through a just transition and ensure that BIPOC, rural, and other traditionally underserved communities are truly heard throughout the process and benefit from our transition to a green economy.
Over the coming months the Nova Scotia government will be making decisions that will set our path forward on climate and the environment for the next decade. They’ve signaled that they’re ready to listen. So let’s make sure that all our voices are heard.
How to participate:
1. CLICK HERE to go to the government website, check the schedule and see how you can submit your feedback! Consultations will run from Thursday, May 27 until 11:59 P.M. on Monday July 26. You have the option to:
Join eight different Zoom sessions beginning on Thursday, June 10.
Host your own online consultation session.
Send a submission by mail, email or phone.
Submit your ideas online.
2. If you're interested in engaging further and helping us mobilize our communities to participate, or want advice on hosting your own consultation session, fill in the form below and we will be in touch!
Here are a few additional resources you may be interested in as you prepare for consultations:
- The Ecology Action Centre has drafted 20 Goals to Advance the Environmental and Economic Wellbeing of Nova Scotia. Read them here.
- Click here to read EAC's press release about the consultations.
- We've also put together an engagement toolkit, to help support you, your friends and family, and any community groups you may be part of to engage in the consultations. You can check out the toolkit and download it here or by clicking on the image below.
Want to get involved to help mobilize around this campaign? Sign up below!
The SDGA was introduced in 2019, and included a legislated GHG emissions reduction target for 2030, legislated net zero emissions by 2050, and a commitment to create a new climate change plan that was supposed to be developed by the end of 2020. Public consultations were a legal requirement of the process but were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Public consultations will inform the development of new targets for things like renewable electricity, energy efficiency, clean transportation, local food, wilderness protection, waste diversion and more.