Clean BC moves towards Beyond Oil: Dr. Andrew Weaver Speaks
Yesterday in my home province of British Columbia, our government announced an updated Climate Action Plan called CleanBC.
Port Hardy Harbour, Dec. 5-2018
Driving over to Port Hardy for business and to get a load of seaweed for our garden, it was truly inspiring as I listened to the radio and learned about the new CleanBC program. It basically focuses on reducing emissions and creating new jobs in the clean energy sector through 5 strategies:
1. Better Building
2. Reducing Pollution from Industry
3. Cleaner Transportation
4. Reducing Emissions from Waste
5. Clean Energy Jobs
Funding the program is largely via BC’s Carbon Tax which is currently priced at $35.00/ton of carbon emissions, rising $5.00/ton annually.
One of the people to speak when during the announcement from the BC government was the the leader of the BC Green Party, Andrew Weaver. As a climate scientist and past member of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) Dr. Weaver has worked tirelessly in this field. Now as an elected MLA and leader of the BC Green party, Weaver has focused not so much on the problem, but rather on solutions to help transform and end our dependence on fossil fuels. He and countless others is making British Columbia a North American leader in working to mitigate the climate crises.
Along with my photos, here I give you excerpts of Andrew Weaver’s speech from yesterday.
Today, as I speak to you, we are at a pivotal moment in human history: Our generation is responsible for deciding what path the future climate will take.
We will either be complicit in allowing climate change to despoil our world – or we can fight for a different outcome for our children.
As Sir David Attenborough said Monday in Poland at the UN Climate talks, “If we don’t take action, the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon.”
As a climate scientist, I have spent my entire adult life consumed by this threat and the opportunities that will come with it. . .
In 2007, I had the honour of being on the Climate Action Team that advised Premier Gordon Campbell. That work led to B.C. becoming the first jurisdiction in North America to put a price on carbon.
B.C. stood as an example of how putting a price on carbon is perfectly compatible with prosperity. Our emissions dropped as our economy grew.
And when I saw that leadership and progress being dismantled by the administration that followed, I put my name forward for public office. I knew I would not be able to look my kids in the face if I didn’t do everything I possibly could to fight for their future. . .
By tackling climate change, with carefully designed policies, B.C.’s economy can grow in new ways. CleanBC offers a pathway for B.C. to be on the cutting edge of the low-carbon economy. This plan is a vital first step towards keeping B.C.’s climate commitments.
Climate change is daunting and overwhelming, yes, but within every challenge lies opportunity. We worked hard to ensure that CleanBC is not just a climate plan – it is an economic vision. It is not just the Ministry of Environment’s responsibility – it is an all of government approach. . .
I have long believed that our children and grandchildren will ask us one of two questions when they look back at the beginning of this century. It will either be: “How could you let this happen?”
Or, if we choose a different path, they will ask: “How did you solve this problem when so many said you couldn’t?”
To be a climate scientist one must be an optimist. Frankly, I’ve found it helps you survive politics too. I am convinced my children will one day ask me the second question. And when they do I will answer: “We prevailed because we worked together. We saw the threat and we knew we had to deal with it.”
I am greatly encouraged by the spirit of hope and collaboration in which this plan was written and thank the government, in particular Minister Heyman, for their efforts in this regard. There is much work still to be done, but today I feel we are one step closer to that brighter future.
Thank you again, to everyone who has helped us get here.
Andrew Weaver, Dec. 5-2018
Cheers to the Solar Age that’s is dawning
~ Bruce ~