Climate change is the immediate and significant threat that we face as a civilization. We need to act now. This requires action within our borders, and increased involvement at a global scale. We have an obligation to protect the planet, and Canada must be at the front line of tackling climate change.
We must be seen as leader for reshaping energy policy for the 21st century, and this can only be achieved if we move away from fossil-fuel dependence and towards a green energy future. Canada must start by phasing out subsidies for the fossil fuel industry. We can have a clean environment and a strong economy. Developing green energy industries is an opportunity for a dynamic new era of job creation, but we must at the the same time ensure that we are providing substantive support and training to workers that will be affected by the transition to a cleaner energy economy. Canada must work to make it easier and more financially attainable for Canadian businesses to invest in creating green jobs. The Canadian government must take the lead by boosting demand for clean technology, being an early adopter of emerging sustainable technologies, and provide more support for clean Canadian companies to successfully export their products.
Canada must make it easier for Canadians to live sustainable lives by incentivizing individual initiatives. There must be an investment in public transportation and further incentives to drive hybrid and electric cars.
We must take leadership at the global level to prevent further environmental damage to the planet, and this must include demanding environmental standards in all trade agreements that we are a part of. Canada must also adhere to international agreements to reverse and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure we are meeting the environmental targets we have agreed to. Canada has an opportunity to be a global leader and an inspiration for the world when it comes to promoting and supporting a green economy. It is time for the government to step up to the greatest challenge we face as a civilization. There is no time to waste.