Climate Change & Green House Gas Emissions
On numerous occasions, CFUW has urged the Government of Canada to take vigorous and meaningful action to mitigate climate change.
CFUW urges the Government of Canada to create a multi-lateral, bold national action plan on climate change that sees Canada reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote the implementation of a carbon tax.
Since 1975 CFUW has pursued policies to address climate change, through resolutions regarding the implementation of carbon taxes, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, creating a national climate action plan, and pursuing alternative energy sources.
- The impacts of climate change are unevenly distributed. The poorest, least developed countries are less able to mitigate and adapt to its effects. People living in poverty, especially women, are particularly vulnerable.[i]
- Women often play a central role in food production and provision, family care, fuel and water collection and overall community wellbeing. Hunger, population migration, labour intensification, wars over access to fertile land or water, and the necessity to travel further to collect water or fuel are just a few of the impacts that put women at greater risk of harms as a result of climate change.[ii]
- The inclusion and participation of Canadian women at multiple levels is vital to climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts. At the family and community level, women often take primary responsibility for household recycling, efficient energy use, the purchase and preparation of food, and education and care of family members. Women’s participation in developing a national response in Canada to climate change, however, has been low.[iii]
In June 2015 at our Annual General Meeting in Quebec City, delegates from all the clubs in Canada voted in favour of a resolution on Carbon Taxes. Carbon taxes are an effective and important tool in the fight against climate change. Laws in Quebec and Alberta demonstrate the effectiveness carbon taxes can have on the economy and on reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions. We urge the government to pursue carbon taxes at a national level.
We urge Members of Parliament to:
- Integrate gender concerns and perspectives in policies and programmes for climate change
- Ensure active participation of women at the decision-making on issues of climate change
- Pursue the creation and adoption of national targets for Greenhouse Gas Emissions
- Pursue federal legislation for a national carbon tax, like those already in place in British Columbia and Quebec
Climate change is a reality we must confront together. We urge the Government and Opposition to make climate change mitigation and the inclusion of gendered perspectives a priority in their upcoming mandate.
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[i]Canadian Council for International Cooperation (2008). The Global Challenge to end Poverty and Injustice: CCIC’s 10 points agenda in brief.
[ii]Oxfam Canada (n.d.) http://www.oxfam.ca/what-we-do/campaigns/stop-harming-start-helping-womens-rights-and-climate-change
[iii]Berkes, F. & D. Jolly (2001). Adapting to climate change: social-ecological resilience in a Canadian western Arctic community. Conservation Ecology 5(2):18. http://www.consecol.org/vol5/iss2/art18/