The Canadian federal electoral landscape has changed dramatically leading into the upcoming COP21 UN Climate Conference in Paris. There is now the potential to galvanize climate action at all levels of Canadian society. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson noted, “[b]ig cities have taken a leadership role by implementing practical environmental initiatives. . .We need other governments around the world to make similar commitments towards increasing energy efficiency, reducing reliance on non-renewable energy, and thereby reducing our greenhouse gas footprint.” (July 2015 Big City Mayors’ Caucus). The time is ripe for the federal government to step up and stimulate ‘changes’ to move Canada towards a low-carbon economy and sustainable society; however, this begs the question,
What kind of change is necessary?
We are continuing our critical conversation on the critical changes necessary to address climate change now. We have developed three scenarios for change—incremental change, transitional and transformation. Join us on October 30th as we convene scholars from the Sustainable Canada Dialogues to discuss what, how wide and how deep do we need to to to successfully mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Following the expert real-time dialogue, we will open a short survey for a year so that Canadians can make a difference and vote for the climate future they want in 2050. Please advertise this key date widely to your networks as we now gear up for the COP21 UN Climate Conference in Paris.