The Imagine 2030 Network has been working among a wide array of environmental organizations, grassroots groups, labour organizations, Mi’kmaq people, and businesses on a Declaration for climate action, climate justice and the green economy here in Nova Scotia. The immediate goal of the campaign is to convince the Nova Scotia government to hold public consultations and to update the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act (EGSPA) to include ambitious climate justice targets.
The primary proposed climate target is a 50% reduction in provincial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2030. If the province were to adopt this target and make it legally binding, many problematic fossil fuel developments being proposed in NS at present and in the future would be impossible to approve. The key, however, is to ensure these critical changes to our society go hand-in-hand with a just transition for workers and communities.
This Declaration has come from months of conversations within the network and beyond, and the advocated GHG target and jobs information is partly based on the Green Economy Network’s Climate Jobs Plan for Nova Scotia. While the Declaration is intentionally short and sweet, any organizations who sign on are encouraged to send a brief quote to be attached to the Declaration, highlighting why they signed on, why they think it is worthwhile, or just to add their own unique perspectives on climate justice.
The Declaration is provided below. If your organization will sign on to the Declaration, please forward your intent to Stephen Thomas, Energy Campaign Coordinator at EAC (email@example.com). If you would like to know more about the campaign before signing on, please get in touch with Stephen.
The launch event for the 2030 Declaration is at 10 AM on Thursday, August 30th at Hope Blooms in Halifax. Everyone is encouraged to attend!
People aren’t taking the lack of action to protect the Maritime watersheds and coasts any more! We are increasingly united through the Nova Scotia Environmental Network and through events like Eco Connects NS and this one at the geologically important Blue Beach, where activists live and fight for the fish species in the Avon River which are prevented from spawning because of the Windsor Causeway, which the local politicians, Ottawa, and DFO will not address.
Blue Beach Bash has grown to include all water, air, soil, forest and energy-centred issues of the region. Activists want people passionate about all issues to come and broadcast their concerns on live radio. There are plans to form a giant circle which will be photographed from a drone and then the footage sent to media and politicians all over the region. There’s camping space or motels in Windsor, Grand Pre, Evangeline Beach, and the surrounding area. Let’s get stronger through the solidarity of meeting together for music, comradeship and speaking our truth to power. Hope to see you there!
Bring your nuclear family unit, your organization, come as one or with friends. Let’s form the United Community of Citizens for Environmental Protection.
If you’re not in the Maritimes, please share this with those you know who are.
Check out the event on Facebook here: Blue Beach Facebook Event