Eleven Council of Canadians chapters rallied for climate justice in Toronto at noon-hour today during the Ontario-Quebec regional meeting.
The Guelph, Peterborough-Kawarthas, South Niagara, Windsor, London, Quinte, Sudbury, Northumberland, Thunder Bay, Hamilton, Toronto and Halton chapters were present at the rally at Allan Gardens in downtown Toronto. The Sudbury chapter is also participating in the climate march in their community today.
The outreach for the march and rally highlighted, "We’ll march to protect our right to clean air, water, land, healthy communities and a world at peace. We’ll march to tell our Canadian political representatives that we expect them to do more: to reduce GHG emissions and curb climate change, to transition to a new clean and renewable energy economy that works for all, to respect and uphold Indigenous rights."
It adds, "We’ll march in solidarity with the Peoples Climate March in Washington, DC and with immigrants, refugees, communities of colour and LGBTQ2I communities impacted by physical and political attacks and by the dislocation caused by global climate change."
The Trudeau government's climate record includes approvals of the:
- Woodfibre LNG terminal = 0.81 million tonnes of carbon pollution a year
- Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal = 11.8 to 14 million tonnes of emissions a year
- TransCanada NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. fracked gas pipeline = 1.2 to 1.4 million tonnes of upstream emissions a year
- Enbridge Line 3 tar sands pipeline = 19 to 26 million tonnes of upstream emissions a year
- Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline = 20 to 26 million tonnes of emissions a year
Despite the cumulative impacts of the 890,000 barrel per day Kinder Morgan pipeline and the 760,000 barrel per day Line 3 pipeline, the Liberals are not ruling out the 1.1 million barrel per day Energy East pipeline and back the 830,000 barrel per day TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline (recently approved by US President Donald Trump).
Last month, the Toronto Star reported this caution, "Environment Canada is projecting that, based on policies in place last November, the country was on pace to miss its reduction target for greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, pumping out at least 30 per cent more than promised that year."
This month, the Trudeau government announced it would delay by three years its plan to regulate cuts to methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. Andrew Read at the Pembina Institute estimates the delay will mean up to 55 million tonnes of methane will be released that otherwise would have been stopped.