Letters

Notes on lobbying MPs

drafted by Lyn Adamson, Jan 5, 2017

  • Designate a note taker and time keeper in advance.
  • Arrival, check amount of time for the meeting
  • Brief intro of each person in the group (30 sec, can be why this is such an important concern for you)
  • Chair of meeting thanks the MP for some action the MP may have taken (on this or any issue) or thank you in general for the introduction of a carbon price across Canada and/or leadership in Paris.

Canada Begins Long-Term Climate Planning in Marrakech

Climate Action Network (CAN-Rac) news release, November 18, 2016

The government of Canada released an initial draft of their long-term strategy to decarbonize by 2050 today. This plan outlines priority pathways including replacing fossil fuel energy with renewable energy, modernizing the electricity grid, facilitating the movement of electricity between provinces and states, and avoiding stranded assets.

In response, CAN-Rac Executive Director Catherine Abreu issued the following statement:

What Now?

By Steven Guilbeault at equiterre.org, 9 November 2016

(abridged: see full article and graphics at http://www.equiterre.org/en/news/what-now)

Fossil fuel subsidies undermine carbon pricing in Canada, new study shows

November 15, 2016

Four prominent Canadian environmental groups released a study that shows how billions of taxpayer dollars in federal and provincial subsidies for oil and gas companies greatly undermine climate action in Canada.

Two statements on the Trudeau government's plan to phase out coal power

Clean Energy Canada

Accelerating Transition to Clean Electricity Will Drive Clean Growth, Cut Pollution

November 21, 2016

OTTAWA — The Government of Canada announced today that it will accelerate investments in clean electricity by phasing out traditional coal-fired electricity by 2030, increasing the country’s supply of non-emitting electricity from 80 to 90 per cent over the same period.

Dan Woynillowicz, policy director at Clean Energy Canada, made the following statement in response to the announcement.

To the prime minister, minister for the environment and climate change, and all MPs

November 7, 2016

Dear Mr Trudeau, Ms McKenna, and MPs

JustEarth recently joined in with a large number of Canadian civil society and climate change groups in a joint “Open letter to world leaders” on the urgency of adequate action on climate change. We write now with some specific Canadian concerns.

Premier Wynne and Minister Murray, Sept 2016

Hon Kathleen Wynne, Premier
Hon Glen Murray, Minister
September 14, 2016

Dear Premier and Minister

Re: Ontario’s emissions reduction targets

We write to urge that the emission targets you set coincide with the amount that represents our fair share of the global carbon budget, a measure established to avoid global emissions reaching the dangerous “tipping point” of climate change.

Islamic leaders launch climate change declaration

[original source: The Press Association, London]

Islamic leaders from countries around the world have launched a declaration urging governments to deliver strong international action to tackle climate change.

The climate change declaration calls on wealthy and oil producing countries to phase out fossil fuels by 2050, and urges a switch to 100% renewable energy and help for vulnerable communities already suffering from rising global temperatures.

International Leaders Form Historic Partnership to Fight Climate Change

The following two press releases, from the offices of Governor Jay Inslee of Washington and Governor Jerry Brown of California, each provide a comprehensive summary of this transnational nitiative by state and provincial leaders representing major industrial regions from 10 countries. [BC and Ontario are represented, but not Québec.]

1. Washington teams up with states and provinces worldwide committing to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80-95 percent

May 19, 2015 Summary

Letter to MPs re COP21

JustEarth has sent a letter to all MPs as follows:

We write with profound disappointment over the commitment made by the Government of Canada to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, pursuant to the COP21 meeting in Paris in December.

We join the call made on Earth Day of many environmental and civil society organizations for:

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