What if we could tackle climate change, improve our quality of life, and create a better future for Canada - all at the same time?
It may sound impossible, especially when you listen to the rancour and controversy surrounding climate science and carbon pricing. But the reality is, acting on climate change can actually save us money, improve our quality of life, and strengthen our communities.
Yes, climate change is a global concern, with international agreements and national plans to reduce our carbon emissions by up to 80% by 2050. But it is also a local concern. We are seeing more extreme weather and the cost of insurance, energy, and food will likely rise.
No, climate change is not the only challenge we face. There are many other social and economic tensions in our communities and in the world. They all combine to make for an uncertain and troubling future.
We all know that Canada is a great place to live, and we want to keep it that way. We can see that the carbon-intensive lifestyle we have is not sustainable - how can we change in ways that will enhance our overall quality of life?
We can start by looking at climate solutions that can save us money, reduce stress, improve our health, and support our communities. Solutions like:
- Extreme Weather -- being ready for extreme weather emergencies, in our homes and in our communities
- Saving Energy -- lowering our energy bills
- Renewable Power -- producing our own power and increasing our energy independence and security
- Getting Around -- finding healthier and less stressful ways to get around
- Enjoying Food -- growing our own food, and eating healthy, local produce
- Good Jobs -- creating meaningful jobs, and supporting innovation and a strong local economy
- Great Communities -- creating complete and vibrant communities that are great places to live
But there's more. We also see the need to build momentum and support for the thousands of groups and businesses across Canada that offer climate-friendly products and services. These are the people who are tackling problems head on and coming up with solutions for a better economy and strong communities. This is the support network that will help you take action.
We see healthy, vibrant communities as the cornerstone for a low-carbon future. Compact and complete communities are more energy-efficient, but they should also be a great place to live, work and play.
Our goal is to support a national movement for a better future, with individual climate action and carbon pricing as a key drivers of change.