Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sustainable Canada Dialogues

A group of scientists have published a report called Sustainable Canada Dialogues about climate
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change science and policy in Canada.  You can check it out here.

The report emerged as a result of Canada's pullback from international climate change agreements in recent years by the current government and the overall lack of national climate policy.  

The report highlights six areas of action

  • Transition to a low-carbon economy
  • Transforming the energy system
  • Urban planning and transportation
  • Governance and institutions
  • Land use
  • Education, information, and research
This approach is a positive move for Canada.  It provides a sound counterbalance to the lack of action by the government.  It keeps the dialogue open on climate change policy and management at a time in which the government is unlikely to move forward on these issues.  Governments change, so the vetting of science, policy, and management options will seem like a wise move when a new government is ready to move on these issues. 

So many feel hopeless when governments fail to act on scientific information.  This is an example of the positive action that can be taken to move the conversation forward.

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