April 22nd, 2021
NDP Statement on Earth Day 2021
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh made the following statement:
“On Earth Day, we renew our commitment to act with the courage required to make our planet a better place for everyone – now and in the future.
Like most Canadians, New Democrats want to see a cleaner, greener future that protects our climate and all those living on our planet.
The climate crisis is one of the biggest threats, not only facing Canadians, but people worldwide.
We have the power to make a difference on a global scale, but we need to take stronger action now.
New Democrats have been clear that we need to keep warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius and, per the IPCC’s recommendations based on the most recent climate science, we need to reduce our emissions by at least 50 per cent from 2005 levels.
Under the Liberal government, emissions have continued to go up every year that they have been in power. We’re not headed in the right direction and we need to make big, bold changes before things get worse.
New Democrats believe we can all work together to fight climate change like we actually want to win. We can address the crisis by continuing to push for meaningful, measurable action on climate change so that future generations can enjoy a safe and healthy environment.
Together, we can push the government to stop spending billions of dollars subsidizing the fossil fuel industry. We can invest in clean energy and sustainable infrastructure that will help us fight the climate crisis while creating good jobs across Canada in sectors like energy-efficiency retrofits and the electrification of transit.
All levels of government must continue to work with Indigenous Peoples to preserve and protect the planet. More work must be done to ensure their voices are heard and respected in decision making processes.
We are at a critical moment but let us recommit today to working together to protect our environment so we can offer future generations a clean and healthy planet.”