Mission Possible is less about the original New Deal, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s massive public works program to lift post-Depression America out of poverty, and more about Churchill’s courageous World War II campaign to defeat fascism. It places Canada on something equivalent to a war footing to ensure the security of our economy, our children and their children – our future.
It is a call for “all hands on deck.”
It incorporates all the requirements for economic justice, just transition, the guarantee of meaningful work, while also respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. It recognizes that we cannot achieve climate security in the absence of equity.
It is a commitment to achieve all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to which the Government of Canada claims to have also committed. All 17 will be achieved by 2030.
There is no planet B
A 20-STEP Climate Action Plan
We must, as a community of nations, ensure that global average temperature does not rise more than 1.5°C over pre-Industrial levels. Somewhere below 2°C is the tipping point that plunges us into runaway global warming leading to the loss of our hospitable biosphere and the potential extinction of most species on earth, including us. Holding to 1.5°C is not negotiable. It is do or die.
Even though Canada currently has one of the worst records on earth for reducing greenhouse gases (GHG), we can still be the global leaders we must be. We can be an example to the world – a fossil fuel dependent country that plans and successfully executes the end of our dependence on fossil fuels. We can demonstrate leadership and press other countries to do more.
It is possible
to build an equitable society.
to shift workers with transferable skills to well-paid jobs in the new Green economy.
to achieve reconciliation and justice with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
to stop using fossil fuels and save all life on Earth from our own greed and folly.