B.C. is on the forefront to lead the globe for climate action, after a strong representation at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris this past December. Premier Christy Clark has outright challenged other groups to exceed, current leading environmental standards for climate action.
“British Columbia has set the global standard for carbon pricing with our carbon tax, and other governments are increasingly getting on board,” said Clark in a press release statement. “The climate action challenge we’re making to other governments is clear and simple: meet it, or beat it — anything we can do to encourage steps in the right direction will help make a difference.
B.C.’s demonstrative leadership in climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emission in tandem with cultivating a healthy and diverse economy in alignment with the creation of jobs, Clark has been invited to the participate at the World Bank-International Monetary Fund (IMF) Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C. on April 17th.
Clark is set to speak on B.C.’s carbon tax, setting the stage for an exemplary take on climate initiatives and demonstrating to the world how climate action, can be effectively achieved in an economy. She will be the first Canadian Premier to speak at this forum.
Also underway is Clark’s current initiative to build upon B.C.’s successful Climate Action Plan to help the progression and facilitation of the Province’s climate agenda moving forward, ensuring that B.C. remains on top as a leader in the global climate sector.
Mike Bernier, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment for the Minister of Environment will be heading up the formation of a new Climate Leadership Team, which will exist of leaders in the academic, environmental, business and First Nations communities, who will advise on recommendations to the government on behalf of B.C.‘s climate leadership slated in the new Climate Action Plan 2.0.
“B.C has shown we can move forward on reducing greenhouse gas emissions while continuing to grow the economy,” said Environment Minister Mary Polak. “We proved the critics wrong by meeting our 2012 GHG reduction target, and we remain committed to achieving the 2020 and 2050 targets as well. However, we have been clear from the outset that more actions would be needed to meet our legislated targets. The Climate Leadership Team will help us move the bar even higher as we develop our Climate Action Plan 2.0