Bill C-12, the Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act, is the government's attempt to put the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 into law. It's a good start, but there is widespread consensus that it needs to be much stronger.
What can you do?
Be part of the democratic process! Bill C-12 is being reviewed right now by the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, and the committee is accepting written submissions from the public. You can find instructions here for making a submission. The deadline is May 17, 2021.
The committee will also be hearing from expert witnesses - an important part of the review, since committee members may not be experts themselves on what the Bill should include. You can:
- support For Our Kids/Mères au Front's request to appear before the committee, by emailing the members of the committee
- encouraging someone you know who would make a good witness, to ask for a chance to appear (here's how they can make the request), and then supporting their request as above
- ask to appear before the committee yourself
You can also sign this petition to federal leaders, letting them know we are counting on them to put in place a Bill with strict targets and accountability to meet them. Then, how about using the same message to email or call your MP?
Need some encouragement? Here are two members of the FOK network talking from the heart about why it's so important for parents to take this on:
Why does this matter?
Because it's globally acknowledged by scientists and politicians alike that the next 10 years are crucial to avoid catastrophic changes from global warming. To have any hope of keeping global temperatures from rising more than 1.5 degrees, we need to eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the year 2050 AND we need to be halfway there by 2030.
The infographic below highlights some of the changes that are needed - to learn more, here's some excellent background information from the For Our Kids Toronto team. And check out members of the FOK network talking about why Bill C-12 is a big deal, here.