Use It or Lose It

Climate solutions could deliver at least US$26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030, while producing more than 65 million low-carbon jobs, preventing over 700,000 premature deaths, and generating $2.8 trillion in government revenues in that year. Read the latest report issued by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate.

It’s up to all of us to demand this from our federal and provincial governments to act now and stop mortgaging our future to the same old economy. And what’s more, a consensus of leading Canadian scientists has produced a detailed roadmap about how to move to a low carbon economy by 2050, if not 2030.

The report identifies the next two to three years as the “critical window” when the investment decisions that shape the next 10 to 15 years will be taken. The report Commission Co-Chair warns “Policy-makers should take their feet off the brakes, send a clear signal that the new growth story is here and that it comes with exciting economic and market opportunities. US$26 trillion and a more sustainable planet are on offer if we act decisively now.”

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