The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C clearly communicates that the future of humanity is at risk without “rapid and far-reaching” changes to mitigate a 1.5°C temperature rise in the next 11 years and to achieve zero emissions by 2050;
Canada is on course to significantly overshoot our 2030 Paris Agreement target (Auditor General’s Report 2018) with oil and gas and transportation emissions continuing to rise (Government of Canada);
The World Health Organization has clearly stated that “climate change is the greatest threat to global health in the 21st century”; and
The health impacts from climate change, including lung disease, heat-related illness, spread of infectious diseases, displacement, famine, drought, and mental health impacts, are being felt in Canada and abroad and are expected to accelerate across our planet at an unprecedented rate threatening “human lives and viability of the national health systems they depend on” (Lancet Countdown 2018, Lancet Countdown Briefing for Canadian Policymakers, 2018).
We, the undersigned, Physician Mothers of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to (a) act upon the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment “Call to Action on Climate Change and Health” report (February 5, 2019), which has clearly outlined specific measures towards zero emissions; (b) prioritize the elimination of emissions and preservation of a healthy environment as part of every portfolio and in every decision made by our federal and provincial parties; (c) implement a nationwide carbon pricing strategy; (d) commit to the rapid elimination of fossil fuels and coal from our economy; (e) commit to rapid incorporation of green energy and net-zero infrastructure across the country; and (f) eliminate single use plastics.
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