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Table of Contents:
Conference Registration Closes 10/16
The Carbon Budget: Four Years Left
Super Wonky Document Alert
Toronto signs CCL Open Letter
Newspaper Chain Endorses CF&D
Canada not meeting 2030 target
Help us bend the curve
Conference Registration Closes Monday, October 16 

 

We are about to return to Parliament Hill for our 4th national conference and the 12th time to lobby as a collective. How magnificent it is that people from across Canada can unite to build the political will for a liveable world? At our conference we have an amazing line-up of speakers that will share their knowledge with us and that will inform our discussions with parliamentarians.

Registration for CCL Canada’s conference closes October 16, so be sure to sign up by Monday, if you want to attend. 

REGISTER HERE
 
 
The Carbon Budget: Four Years Left

 

Four years of current emissions would be enough to blow what’s left of the carbon budget for a good chance of keeping global temperature rise to 1.5C. That’s the conclusion of analysis by Carbon Brief, which brings the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) carbon budgets up to date to include global CO2 emissions in 2016. 
 
You can view the video, read the article and see the calculations .  This data was corroborated in a June 2017 Nature Article: Three years to safeguard our climate
 
Our conclusion: The politicians need our help.
 
Super Wonky Document Alert
 
The Liberal government promised to phase out fossil fuel subsidies in their 2015 election campaign. In May 2017, Canada's Auditor General concluded that the federal government has no plan for phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies.

Beginning in November 2016, CCL Canada members began a discussion with their MPs that sit on the Standing Committee for Natural Resources (RNNR). This lead to CCL Canada members forming a committee and drafting a request for the RNNR to redouble their efforts to eliminate fossil fuel industry subsidies.  Cathy Orlando (Sudbury  ON) framed the document. Yannick Trottier (Milton ON)  wrote the first detailed draft. Frank Grossman (Toronto ON) edited it. And then the CCL's RNNR committee, including Laura Sacks (Nelson BC), Carole Lavallée (Chelmsford ON), Sandy Aberdeen (Calgary AB), Stephanie Grout (Cold Lake AB), MJ Willard (Winnipeg MN) and John Stephenson (Etobicoke ON) reviewed the document. Yannick finalized it and then they all sent it to their MPs that sit on the RNNR. You can read the full document hereWarning: it is a superwonky document.
 
PS: We look forward to connecting with our MPs on the RNNR commmittee while we are in Ottawa. MPs Serré (Nickel Belt) and Cannings (South Okanagan—West Kootenay)  are co-hosting a CCL-RNNR breakfast while we are in Ottawa. 
 
City of Toronto signs CCL Canada's Open Letter
 

In April 2017, CCL Canada launched an open letter for businesses, environmental groups, and municipalities to sign. The key elements of the open letter are for Canada's carbon price to continue to rise past 2022, be economy-wide, and include border tax adjustments. On October 2, 2017, CCL Toronto secured a signature from the City of Toronto. The effort was led by Cheryl McNamara and included Doug Pritchard, Rita Bijons, Liz Rice, Lyn Adamson, Tom Cullen, Cathy Lacroix, as well as Dusha Sritharan from the Toronto Environmental Alliance.

“All of us at CCL are grateful for the support of Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Chair of Parks of Environment Committee; to Councillor Sarah Doucette for including the open letter in the Committee’s September 8 meeting; and to all Committee members and Councillors for approving it,” said Cheryl McNamara.

How you can help us while we are in Ottawa: If you are the owner of a business or a run a non-profit, sign our open letter. Here are the FAQs for the open letter.

 
The Post Media Newspaper Chain Endorses Carbon Fee and Dividend
 

In the summer of 2017, our volunteers in Canada were on a mission to get letters to the editor published. A couple dozen CCLers from Halifax to Vancouver recorded 199 letters to the editor published from Canada Day to Labour Day. Then in early September, the Post Media Editorial board specifically endorsed carbon fee and dividend, and spoke of Citizens' Climate Lobby and our REMI research. This endorsement of carbon fee and dividend was syndicated in at least 31 newspapers. lt was titled in the Toronto Sun How honest carbon pricing works. Just imagine what our MPs will be thinking when we show them this! This quote comes to mind: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead.

 
Environment Commissioner says Canada is not going to meet 2030 target
 
On Tuesday, October 3, 2017, Julie Gelfand, Canada’s Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development,  bluntly outlined the conclusions of her report: the government has failed to implement successive greenhouse gas emissions-reduction plans. Her assessment covers the 2010-2017 time period. At the news conference, Gelfand said at this point the government would not meet its 2030 target without additional measures but said it needs time to “bend the curve.”
 
"We call on the Canadian government to extend the rising fee to the year 2030. This will bend the curve ...  The future will be Canada’s when we enact an effective carbon pricing policy, ” states Cathy Orlando, CCL Canada's National Director. 
 
 And that is why we are returning to Parliament Hill for our 12th time to lobby as a collective since 2011. 
 
Read the full media release here.  
 
Help us bend the curve
 
Thank you for signing up to receive our newsletters. How about taking it to a new level and joining us in Ottawa? You can help us "bend the curve". 
 
Special conference discounts are available if you email canada@citizensclimatelobby.org
 
Registration for CCL Canada’s conference and lobbying days closes Monday, October 16, 2017.
 
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