Leading ENGOs issue call for green recovery in Canada

The Conservation Council has signed on to a new report that our supporters and members will want to see. 

Green Strings: Principles and conditions for a green recovery from COVID-19 in Canada was written by an expert team from the Canadian based International Institute for Sustainable Development and released publicly on July 8, 2020. 

The report, endorsed by leading environmental organizations across the country, provides strong recommendations to Canada’s federal government on how it can ensure its post COVID-19 economic recovery funding will create good, green jobs, protect nature and drive down carbon pollution. 

Green Stings recommends that the federal government adopt these seven principles: 

    • Support only companies that agree to plan for net-zero emissions by 2050;
    • Make sure funds go towards jobs and stability, not executives and shareholders;
    • Support a just transition that prepares workers for green jobs;
    • Build up the sectors and infrastructure of tomorrow;
    • Strengthen and protect environmental policies during recovery;
    • Be transparent and accountable to Canadians; and,
    • Put people first and leave no one behind.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tapped three key Ministers, including Environment and Climate Change Minister John Wilkinson, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna and Heritage Canada Minister Steven Guilbeault, to bring recommendations for stimulus funding forward soon to the federal cabinet. 

The report and summaries are available in both official languages and can be read here.

Want to see a #BetterThanNormal economic recovery in New Brunswick? Click here to read and sign on to our open letter to Premier Higgs calling for a recovery plan that puts stronger food security, energy security and nature protection at the forefront!