OUR ASK OF THE BC GOVERNMENT

We applaud the BC government for addressing climate change by:

  • Continuing to lead the way on carbon pricing in Canada by re-initiating an increasing carbon tax and by legislating 2030 and 2040 targets to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs)

  • Implementing the CleanBC plan to further reduce GHG emissions

  • Updating the Climate Accountability Act to provide better accountability, transparency and more detailed targets

  • Protecting those with low incomes through the climate action tax credit

  • Introducing Bill 49 to better regulate professionals in resource management

  • Passing the UNDRIP Act and aligning the BC Environmental Assessment Act. 

 

The challenge:

 

Our GHG emissions have increased by % since the 2007 base year. This does not include emissions from forest management, which have increased dramatically. The IPCC's 2018 special report says that we need to decrease emissions by 50% this decade to keep warming below 1.5C. This is the time for ambition.

 

We envision:
 

A resilient and prosperous British Columbia where we are leaders in addressing climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris agreement. 

 
Through effective policy action, this vision can be achieved by:

 

Improving the BC carbon tax by committing to:

  • Increasing the price by $20/tonne each year beyond 2022 

  • Expanding the carbon tax to include all GHG emissions, specifically fugitive methane and slash burning emissions as promised

  • Improving transparency so BC citizens understand the benefits of the tax

Ending fossil fuel subsidies in BC, including royalty credits, tax exemptions and infrastructure support, which work directly against the carbon tax

Stewarding our forests to reduce emissions and enhance carbon storage capacity by developing a long-term forestry plan that promotes ecosystem health, resilience and biodiversity, including: 

  • Protecting the massive carbon stock in our old growth and boreal forests 

  • Including slash burning and harvested wood product emissions into the official provincial inventory

  • Establishing forestry emission targets and management practices to reduce net emissions 

Considering full climate impacts, including all downstream emissions, in the environmental assessment of major projects that export BC fossil fuels. 

Join BC Climate Alliance

As a member you: 

Stay informed about BC climate policy 

Contribute to our “ask” of the BC government

Receive training on effective lobby methods

Lobby with us locally and regionally

 

CONTACT INFO:

BC Climate Alliance is a non-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization working to create the political will for just, effective and sustainable provincial climate policies in British Columbia, Canada.

 

Contact us today!

 

bcclimatealliance@gmail.com

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