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On April 14 premiers and territorial leaders will meet in Quebec City. Climate change will be the only item on their agenda.

That’s why Canadians from across the country will be joining the Act on Climate march in Quebec City on April 11. It’s time to stand up and speak with one voice: we demand climate protection and public renewable energy solutions.

The Act on Climate march is being organized by a Canada-wide climate coalition spearheaded by Quebec’s environmental movement and supported by organized labour, community and citizen groups, student associations, social movements and Indigenous Nations and communities.

With a void in federal leadership on climate change, it is vital that the void be filled by provincial and territorial leaders. CUPE wrote to each leader in advance of their meeting on April 14 and called on them to: 

  • Exert pressure on the federal government to meet its obligations to act on climate change domestically by (among other steps): 
    • Putting an effective price on carbon.
    • Ending oil and gas subsidies that bolster an already profitable industry while disadvantaging new renewable energy development.
    • Applying effective greenhouse gas emission standards on the oil and gas sector.
    • Fostering a national energy strategy that fast tracks, in particular, public renewable energy.
  • Ensure the federal government meets its international obligations by:
    • Re-engaging in the United Nations climate change negotiations process in a meaningful and constructive manner. In particular, the federal government should support enshrining Just Transition language in any international climate change accord to ensure workers are dealt with fairly.
    • Provide aid and relief to areas of the world ravaged by the impacts of climate change both currently and in the future.
    • Work collaboratively and constructively with international partners to push toward a clean energy and sustainable work economy.
  • Enhance existing provincial and territorial climate change action plans, legislation and regulations that lower greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy.