2 – Planet

The biosphere upon which we all depend is suffering a trifecta of related
anthropogenic challenges; environmental toxification, biodiversity emergency and
climate change.
These circumstances, with compounding feedback loops, present not just an
environmental issue; the consequences compound into a grave national security
threat. We require all hands on deck! The GPC presents a comprehensive strategy
to transition our economy and meet our Paris emission targets, in line with
guidelines empirical evidence determines we must; I will work for Milton to
implement a national Climate Change plan with Mission: Possible.
Already in Canada more people work in renewable energy than in the oilsands. In
fact, 274,000 Canadians have cleantech jobs with an average salary of $92,000 per
year. Investing in the Clean & Caring Circular Economy is essential to remain
competitive and to create a vibrant society, while ensuring we have a livable planet
for future generations of thriving, vital communities and ecosystems.

Environmental Toxification from industrial and plastic pollution is degrading our
water, air, soil and bodies. We must shift our neoliberal culture of planned
obsolescence for short-term profit together and evolve to integrate sustainable
solutions for our vital resources now, such as implementing Circular Economy
policies.

We face a Biodiversity Emergency. BioDiversity includes genes, species (we are
one of these species) and ecosystems; they are being attacked, shaking the very
foundation of our lives and livelihoods. The recently released global assessment of
BioDiversity and Ecosystem Services is a wake up call for the future of all life on
our planet – ours included.
We are experiencing a sixth mass extinction as Species go extinct at a rate 1000
times greater than the background level, and ecosystems are collapsing as we use
and abuse them beyond their ability to give us what we all need, free of charge. We
must reset this course by moving to value and protect BioDiversity and ecosystems
as the basis for a secure future for both current and future generations.
As your MP, I will work to support the Convention of Biological Diversity and
implement the strategic plan set out which includes the Aichi targets and the future
Global BioDiversity Framework that will be endorsed in China in 2020.

The science is clear, the Climate Change crisis represents a national security
threat. If we take strategic actionable steps, we can both mitigate and adapt to the
global implications and worst of the environmental and social catastrophes
projections.
Internationally, climate refugee numbers are climbing. The domestic insurance
industry is unprepared to deal with the projected damages due to the increasing
results of extreme weather. Your private policies only go so far between the rate of
planetary adaptation and bulk community liability.
Who takes up the slack? Civilian labourers (you) and taxpayers (also you). Who
needs to be held more responsible? Industries who externalize long-term
environmental & social well-being for disproportionate short-term surplus profit.
The politicians who are meant to represent their constituents need to hold polluters
to account with a collaborative national strategy. The Green Party of Canada
provides a plan called Mission: Possible.
Not Left. Not Right. Forward Together.

Green Transportation & Infrastructure

It’s time our cities, towns and transportation systems entered the 21st century.
Canada’s city planning is outdated. Eighty-two percent of Canadians live in urban
centres, yet our roads, public transit systems, sprawling suburbs and
disproportionately small municipal budgets are relics of a time when most of us
lived in rural areas.
Poor planning means gridlock, longer commute times, mismanaged bike lanes,
overcrowded buses, smoggy skylines and unsustainable levels of greenhouse gas
emissions from private cars.
Build better, cleaner cities. Greens want smart city infrastructure designed for
people, not cars. Our green growth plan includes upgraded municipal
transportation budgets so that cities can generate jobs and afford efficient light rail
transit, coordinated buses, bike lanes and pedestrian pathways.
Canadians should love where they live. We want cities and towns connected by
modern railways and public transportation, places where Canadian workers and
families can move freely and easily experience all their regions have to offer.
That’s why Green MPs will:
● Create a smart, clear National Transportation Plan
● Reinvest in our national rail network
● Restore bus service to rural and remote Canada and purchase electric buses
● Increase federal funding for pedestrian, cycling and car-sharing
infrastructure in towns and cities

● Reinvest in public transportation infrastructure to make it convenient, safe,
comfortable and affordable
● Offer rebates for purchasing energy efficient vehicles, and within 10 years
ban the purchase of new internal combustion engine vehicles
● Mandate energy retrofits for all buildings by 2030


Sustainable Development & the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
(SDG’s) Sustainable Development has been evolving steadily since the mid
1980’s. Considered as an approach to balance the ecological, social and economic
needs of life on Earth, its’ roots in Canada stem from the Earth Summit in 1992;
under the leadership of Canadian Maurice Strong, Agenda 21 was brought to life.
Fast forward to 2019: Where are we now? Recognizing that we are no further
ahead in many areas related to sustainable development, in 2015 the world agreed
to an ambitious plan. Agenda 2030 was built on the 3-year global dialogue of “The
Future We Want”. The results were an agreed-to approach with 17 goals and 163
targets spanning the ecological, social and economic spectrum.
As your MP, I will work to make the SDG’s real to people in Milton and Canada,
making the case for policies, processes and fiscal measures that leave no one
behind. We must stop placing a debt on future generations opportunities for a peaceful and healthy life, as we have been taking more from our planet than it can
give us. If we make the analogy or our ecological system to our economic system: What are we doing? In an economic system we strive not to draw down our capital, and
continually build our reserve, living off the interest as much as we can. Compare
this to what we are doing in our ecological systems – we are drawing down out
ecological reserves and eating far into its capital – this has to stop.
I see Agenda 2030 as a pivotal point for Canada. I believe that we have a real
opportunity to halt and reverse the runaway systems that are decreasing the planet’s
health and all life on earth, but also as a call to act and inspiration to work across
parties to help shift the course for not only the future we want, but the future we
need.