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e-2853 (Environment)

Initiated by Ian Fryer from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The COVID-19 crisis has revealed that swift emergency action and systemic change in the long-term public interest is both necessary and possible;
  • The United Nations has reported that the destruction of nature is the root cause of present and future global pandemics;
  • The Government of Canada acknowledges that the climate and ecological emergency will contribute to worsening public health crises, including the further spread of infectious diseases;
  • Climate change is rapidly outpacing scientific predictions, and the world is fast approaching tipping points that threaten abrupt and irreversible heating and biodiversity loss;
  • Biodiversity loss and species extinction threaten human food systems;
  • The climate crisis is predicted to lead to catastrophic economic losses and worsening political instability;
  • Citizens’ assemblies are representative, democratic instruments well-suited to overcoming political deadlock and addressing complex problems;
  • Citizens’ assemblies produce evidence-based public judgment, and are not equivalent to other forms of public consultation, such as town halls or referendums, which rely solely on the collection of public opinion;
  • Other G7 countries, such as France and the United Kingdom, have created national citizens’ assemblies on climate policy; and
  • There exists a pre-qualified vendor of record with the Government of Canada, with expertise in the design and delivery of citizens’ assemblies (MASS LBP).
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to create, and implement the recommendations of, a national citizens' assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Open for signature
February 18, 2021, at 6:01 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
April 19, 2021, at 6:01 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Don Davies
Vancouver Kingsway
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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