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e-2395 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Shaughn McArthur from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that climate change will increase existing inequalities and vulnerabilities between men and women;
  • Developing countries are already bearing up to 80% of the cost of climate change, including through food insecurity, loss and damage, compromised livelihoods and instability;
  • Without urgent action, climate impacts could push an additional 100 million people into poverty by 2030;
  • Developed country parties to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change have agreed to mobilize $100 billion per year by 2020 to help developing countries deal with the impacts of climate change, and for those resources to be balanced between adaptation and mitigation;
  • Although investments in climate change adaptation are critical to promote gender equality, inclusive economic growth and social stability, and can unlock trillions of dollars in savings, they currently make up less than 20% of international climate finance;
  • Less than 35% of Canada’s international climate finance investments support adaptation projects, and only 0.2% includes gender equality as a principal objective; and
  • The Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development in April 2019 called upon the Government of Canada to increase the proportion of its climate finance funding that is dedicated to adaptation measures to 50%.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to commit at least 50% of Canada's public climate finance for developing countries towards adaptation, and at least 15% towards projects that target gender equality as a primary objective.
Open for signature
January 28, 2020, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 27, 2020, at 9:20 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
June 8, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00237)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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