Files for BC's New Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman July 18, 2017

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Files for BC's New Minister for the Environment and Climate Change Strategy George Heyman July 18, 2017

Are we ready for a managed retreat from BC's Coasts and Forests?

if we were smart we would be exploring our options now

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/07/21/Are-We-Ready-for-Managed-Retreat/

 

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George,

It sure looks like it is time to get the word out that electricity is the way to go for us to heat our homes and that Site C Perhaps should proceed for that reason alone

 

http://m.huffingtonpost.ca/dylan-heerema/gas-vs-electricity-bc-home-heat...

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More huge tragedies this summer following the previous summer's large wildfire tragedies

http://m.huffingtonpost.ca/2017/07/21/banff-national-park-wildfire-promp...

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Come on BCers. Stop listening to all the naysayers and get going with solar energy

http://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/chasing-the-solar-dream-in-b-c-i...

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Staving Off the Coming Global Collapse

‘Overshoot’ is when a species uses resources faster than can be replenished. We’re already there. And show no signs of changing.

https://thetyee.ca/Opinion/2017/07/17/Coming-Global-Collapse/

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George will be pleased to see this.

Feds providing $900 per household for B.C. wildfire evacuees

http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/feds-providing-900-per-household-for-b-c-wi...

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The future is here for the new B.C. government—with hurricane force

 

B.C. has a unique opportunity and must play a crucial role in the fight against global warming. The province is outstanding due to its large size, spectacular beauty, and vast natural resources that together confer wealth on a relatively small human population. Our use of this abundance, however, has been in many cases shortsighted and unfair.

A new vision is needed. It is justified by the recognition that critical change is now coming at an increasingly visible rate. We have significantly overstepped the planet’s capacity to provide what we demand, to absorb the pollution we produce, and to heal the wounds we have inflicted on its natural systems. In many parts of the world, lives and business as usual are already being disrupted by an increasingly unpredictable climate. 

Fortunately, solutions exist that enable us to save our natural systems while offering a sustainable lifestyle. Wind and solar are now beating the price of fossil-fuel energy in a growing number of countries. Grid and battery solutions are being developed at a mind-boggling pace.

Renewable-energy systems, improved resource and energy efficiency, mass transit, materials recycling, and new service models like the sharing economy are contributing more and cleaner jobs than resource-extraction sectors. Our province, like so many other parts of the world, needs the leadership necessary to quickly phase in solutions and phase out destructive activities. History shows that ecosystem breakdown makes societal collapse more likely. Now is the time to make the changes we need to make while relatively stable conditions prevail.

A coherent response to the climate crisis requires far-reaching steps to reduce climate pollution, moving to low-carbon economy, and saving nature at the same time without pretending we can take one step at a time. Stopping the pollution from our old economic system is crucial to maintain a healthy environment as a basis for the new economy. Increasing protection of ecosystems on land and in the sea to safeguard environmental services is also tied to maintaining the foundations for long-term prosperity.

 B.C.’s new provincial government made far-reaching policy commitments for people and the planet. Sierra Club B.C. has developed a vision called The Future is Here to support the needed policy changes. To defend our communities and environment now and into the future, B.C. needs to show leadership in three key areas: climate action, nature conservation, and a low-carbon economy.

Climate action

B.C. must follow climate science, meet existing emissions-reduction targets, and set new ambitious targets to exceed the Paris Agreement. We must expand and increase the provincial carbon tax and declare the majority of our vast fossil-fuel reserves off-limits to extraction, based on the newest carbon budget research. We have sufficient renewable-energy sources and low-carbon solutions to become carbon neutral before 2050.

Nature conservation

Our environment is healthy enough that we can set aside 50 percent of it in support of nature. We need an expanded network of protected areas with new and existing land-use designations that address Aboriginal title, respect cultural values, and give priority to species and carbon sinks while allowing appropriate uses.  We can allow species the means to adapt to the changing climate while protecting clean water, air, and soils for our children. B.C.’s globally rare temperate-old-growth rainforests are a particularly spectacular example of resilient ecosystems with outstanding values for species, communities, and climate that we can save if we act today.

Low carbon economy

By redirecting resources and political priorities, we can create new, better, and safer jobs and build a low-carbon economy that maintains our high quality of life with a greatly reduced resource footprint. We can and must phase out oil-and-gas activities such as fracking and the Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker proposal that destroy our environment and are increasingly uneconomic as international climate agreements are implemented.

Sierra Club B.C.’s The Future Is Here vision includes 10 recommendations outlining more detailed steps to address these three areas of action.

No government will be able to implement the scope of change required once the costs of environmental crisis and climate impacts become unmanageable. As a wealthy industrialized country with a high carbon footprint, we have the ability—and the responsibility—to pursue an alternative path. The new B.C. government has promised to start the change we need so that we can avoid turmoil such as this year’s terrible wildfires in the future.

https://www.straight.com/news/961791/jens-wieting-future-here-new-bc-gov...

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AFTER THOUGHT: B.C.’S NEW ENVIRONMENT MINISTER

http://runnermag.ca/2017/08/after-thought-b-c-s-new-environment-minister/

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What are the tax incentives for electric cars in BC?

David Suzuki: SUVs and trucks nullify car-efficiency gains

https://www.straight.com/news/1047141/david-suzuki-suvs-and-trucks-nulli...

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B.C.’s environment minister ‘disappointed’ appeal will not be heard in Trans Mountain case

https://globalnews.ca/news/4104961/neb-bc-appeal-not-going-ahead/?utm_so...

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One tiny thing that Palmer purposely forgets is that we are in a minority government situation here in BC, eh!

Heyman proves to be artful dodger on Kinder Morgan file

http://vancouversun.com/opinion/columnists/vaughn-palmer-heyman-proves-t...

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Somebody, somewhere, somehow, has got to start listening to the climate change scientists

David Suzuki: Reports emphasize urgent need to reverse biodiversity decline

https://www.straight.com/news/1055836/david-suzuki-reports-emphasize-urg...

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Rural region in B.C. on evacuation alert as threat of flooding rises

The alert means residents should be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation order is issued.

https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2018/04/17/rural-region-in-bc-on-flo...

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