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e-2712 (Environment)

Initiated by Karri Munn-Venn from Ottawa, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • We are called as people of faith to love and care for creation;
  • Canadian churches and faith-based organizations have united under the banner "For the Love of Creation";
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives and exacerbated existing vulnerabilities;
  • Respecting the interconnectedness of creation is critical for climate action, ecological and economic integrity, right relations with Indigenous Peoples, and for holistic recovery;
  • The shift in human behaviour resulted in modest, but unsustainable, emissions reductions and demonstrated the scientific imperative of systems change to limit warming; and
  • We can build back better.
We, the undersigned, residents of Canada and members of Canadian faith communities,, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Commit to reducing Canadian GHG emissions by 60 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, while investing in a just transition to a fair, inclusive, green economy that creates good secure jobs, and promotes the well-being of everyone in Canada;
2. Honour the rights of Indigenous peoples by animating the principle of free, prior and informed consent, particularly in the context of climate policy, energy policy, and infrastructure development, key to a robust and functioning right of free prior and informed consent is legislative implementation of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
3. Commit equal support for climate change adaptation and mitigation measures in the Global South through international climate financing mechanisms, with additional funding for loss and damage, scaling up to a fair share contribution of at least $4 billion USD per year;
4. Respond to the pandemic in the Global South through multilateral debt cancellation and increased grant-based support for Canadian international NGOs.
Open for signature
July 8, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 6, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Beaches—East York)
November 5, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00219)
Photo - Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
Beaches—East York
Liberal Caucus
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