CLIMATE EMERGENCY: TIME TO ACT NOW!
Scientists have been warning us for decades that catastrophic climate change was inevitable if we continued on our present path. Yet, while some of the world woke up and started to take action, Canada continued with business as usual driving up our emissions 21%, and failed to meet any emission commitment in the past 30 years!
The next decade is critical, and the latest IPCC report indicates a ‘code red’ for us to act on the present climate emergency. We are already observing an excess of 1°C warming which is leading to increasing and intensifying heat waves, wildfires, drought, poor air quality, and worsening food security due to massive crop failures. Though the number appears small, the impacts are already disruptive and being felt at home. Going beyond 1.5°C to 2°C means catastrophic impacts here and beyond Vancouver.
We have to act now!
The Green Party of Canada (GPC) has an integrated approach to the climate crisis while addressing issues of equity, sustainability and growth together for the present and long-term future. Restricting warming to 1.5°C is possible but it means drastic reduction in production of fossil fuels by 7% per year from now to 2030 and working toward a net negative emission economy by 2050. This will require de-carbonization of the fossil fuel industries at large, and a just transition into a green economy based on equity and sustainability practices including clean renewable energy sources. The Green Party plan is realizable and provides the tools needed to mitigate and adapt to this crisis locally and globally, while leaving no one behind.
As your representative as a Federal MP, a climate scientist, deputy critic on climate change Shadow Cabinet, I would work with Kingsway constituents on local issues including climate change impacts, healthcare, indigenous rights, affordable housing, green recovery including just transition to a green economy, transportation and more. My priorities are as follows:
60 percent emissions reduction by 2030 net-zero emissions as soon as possible with net-negative emissions by 2050 and end of all fossil fuel subsidies immediately
Ensure everyone lives with dignity by providing universal medical, mental, dental, drug and vision care while ending for-profit seniors care
Eliminate poverty through a universal guaranteed livable income, free post-secondary education, and support truly affordable housing for all
Full implementation of the TRC calls to action, MMIWG recommendations, ensure an UNDRIP Act Action Plan is implemented, and hold people responsible for so-called “residential schools”
For a comprehensive overview of the Green Party of Canada platform please visit: https://www.greenparty.ca
Dr. Farrukh Chishtie (he/him) is an atmospheric, climate and earth observation scientist with extensive experience in various experimental and modelling disciplines. Holding three Masters degrees and two PhDs in Applied Mathematics and Education with specialization in environment and sustainability, he has more than twenty years of research experience. Along with grassroots advocacy on issues of climate change and environmental degradation across the globe, he aims for holistic understanding and meaningful action. His areas of expertise and active research are climate science and policy, climate adaptation and mitigation. He was a member of the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) validation project by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) in collaboration with NASA. He is a climate expert with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Sustainability Hub where he raises awareness on climate change across departments. He is also pursuing a doctoral degree in rehabilitation sciences at UBC with thesis dissertation focused on developing inclusive care programs for COVID-19 and future epidemics and pandemics.
He is the president and founder of the non-profit Peaceful Society, Science and Innovation Foundation based in Vancouver, which promotes science and technology for peaceful and humane ends (https://www.peacefulsocietyscience.org). He holds visiting scientist and faculty positions at Environment and Climate Change Canada, the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN), the University of Toronto, the University of Western Ontario, and is the Green Party of Canada's Deputy Critic on Climate Change.