Climate Change and Energy
Friends of the Earth’s work on energy in the 1980s assessed the potential for federal and provincial jurisdictions to embrace a “soft path” – the adoption of renewable energy and technologies supported by robust conservation and efficiency. In the 80s, we mobilized the public to campaign against global warming and to save the ozone layer. The latter campaign focussed on first designing, then implementing the Montreal Protocol to ban ozone depleting chemicals, a significant success story for Canada. Sadly, Canada’s record for climate action has been underwhelming. Friends of the Earth’s litigation, a first in the world against climate inaction, took the Canadian government to court over missing its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act.
Currently, we’re intervening at the Supreme Court to argue for federal provincial cooperation on the pressing issue of climate change that includes addressing legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of women and girls in the context of climate change.
We’re campaigning for systemic change in the biggest pension fund in Canada – your CPP – because every Canadian contributes to it and because changes in its policy will set an example for other pension plans and financial institutions. CPP Investments must be told by its trustees (our federal and provincial finance Ministers) to support climate action and a green recovery from COVID-19. And, the CPP Investment officials and staff must be held accountable for their actions.
Finally, we want Canadians to understand that the fossil fuel industry is responsible for plastic pollution as well as climate chaos. Climate action includes working towards zero plastic waste.
Canada’s Record on Climate Action
Oh Canada – we’ve got to do better! If you take the long view starting back when Canada signed onto climate action at the Rio Summit, we’ve done nothing but increase emissions despite commitments made.
Supreme Court Intervention – Carbon Pricing & Women and Girls
On September 22 and 23rd, 2020 the Supreme Court of Canada will hear the appeal of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act case. Friends of the Earth and National Association of Women and the Law applied for and were granted leave to intervene in this important case – the two organizations believe the federal government has a critical role to play in addressing climate change, and that doing so is essential for upholding the rights of women and girls.
Your investment in the CPP misses the mark on climate risk
Just before the pandemic hit, the Globe and Mail was prepared to report that the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board gave US $600,000 to partisan Republican political action committees in 2018. The money came from CPPIB-own and controlled Crestone Peak Resources. The partisan donations were part of a wider fossil fuel industry campaign to prevent stronger regulations on fracking in Colorado.
The ABCs of CPP – A Primer
If you are working in Canada and eighteen or older, you are an investor in the Canada Pension Plan. For every pay period, a deduction is made that is invested on your behalf by the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB). This primer is written to help you learn about how your money is invested.
Plastic Pollution Meets Climate Damage
Every stage in the lifecycle of plastics is responsible for greenhouse gas emissions – extracting and transporting fossil fuels as feedstock, refining, manufacturing of the plastic products, use of the plastic products and waste disposal.