Cowichan-Malahat-Langford constituents on board with national clean energy plan

Cowichan Valley Citizen

Energy systems in Canada are currently responsible for 80 per cent of the country’s GHGs

Cowichan-Malahat-Langford constituents are on board with the development of a National Clean Energy Plan says MP Alistair MacGregor following three public meetings held to discuss the future of clean energy in Canada.

The meetings took place in Duncan, Shawnigan Lake and Langford over the last two weeks. Each venue featured local guest panelists.

Brian Roberts, executive director of the Cowichan Energy Alternatives Society and the Community Carbon Marketplace was on hand in Duncan.

“Cowichan Energy Alternatives supports the creation of a national, clean energy plan that addresses the need for a transition to renewable options and utilizes the diversity of potential renewable energy solutions available throughout Canada,” he said. “In doing so, we support a move to renewable energies that help grow local, low carbon economies, resulting in resilient Canadian communities and a healthy planet. We applaud our MP Alistair McGregor’s initiative to move forward with the creation of a National Clean Energy Plan with such vision.”

Energy systems in Canada are currently responsible for 80 per cent of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and Canada is not on course to meet its emission reductions target under the Paris Agreement.

In general, the feedback MacGregor received at the town hall meetings was overwhelmingly clear; constituents in attendance “strongly support” the development of a National Clean Energy Plan and strong federal leadership to ensure a just transition to a clean energy future according to the MP.

“We need the federal government to step up and be leaders in this, to work with the provinces and municipalities to change policies so our country can make the changes we need,” MacGregor said. “There are many things we can do as individuals and communities to help with this important transition. The federal government can develop a plan to make it easier for individuals to start the transition in transportation, heating, farming, construction and other industries.”

Student-led climate strikes have spread worldwide as the world’s youth calls for urgent government action on climate change.

On March 15 more than 1.4 million young people across the globe, including B.C., participated in school strikes for climate action. The next strike is planned for April 15.