We are celebrating a climate and health milestone with the passing of Canada's first-ever climate accountability law on June 29. Bill C-12 provides the framework to hold the Canadian government accountable to legislated climate targets in 5 year increments towards the goal of net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
The passage of Bill C-12 cannot come soon enough. Canada needs to be accountable and contribute to the global efforts required to address the Climate Emergency which is recognized by the World Health Organization as “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”. This week alone dozens of Canadians have already died from the deadly heat dome gripping much of western Canada, and the wildfire season has not yet begun.
MD Moms 4 Healthy Recovery is a group of physicians from across Canada who are mothers. We have spent COVID19 working to keep our patients and our communities safe. Though difficult, we have been honoured to be able to serve our fellow citizens. But we do NOT want a future of repetitive health emergencies. COVID19 is a planetary health emergency. It will not be the last. This is the moment to invest fully in a sustainable future for Canada and do everything possible to reduce the frequency and severity of future planetary health emergencies that will be the new normal if climate change is left unchecked.
Find out more about our actions:
- Watch our call to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Go Big for Climate Action
- Check out our earlier video asking the Government of Canada to ensure that Canada's recovery from COVID19 prioritizes a rapid decarbonization of the Canadian economy, is free of any fossil fuel subsidies, and follows the recommendations from the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE)
- Read our letter to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, calling for stronger climate leadership to protect Ottawans from the health impacts of climate change and COVID19 through strong climate action, including full implementation of Energy Evolution, Ottawa’s plan to achieve net-zero by 2050.