Monthly Archives: February 2016

  • Pembina reacts to B.C. budget 2016 – Budget disappoints with lack of direction on climate action

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    Filed in Environment & Climate on by Pembina Institute

    VANCOUVER — Matt Horne, B.C. associate director at the Pembina Institute, made the following statement in response to the release of the B.C. government’s 2016 budget:

    “Today’s budget, unfortunately, continues the four-year stall in the province’s progress on climate action. While the costs of climate change were highlighted, any hint of the government’s new plan to respond to climate change was largely absent.

    “The lack of direction is disappointing given the time the province has had to advance its Climate Leadership Plan. While we weren’t expecting the full details, we were expecting an indication of progress. For example, the budget could have indicated how the government will navigate the 2018 end of the carbon tax freeze, or how funds will be made available to pay for the investments that will need to be part of the plan.

    “The premier talks about the importance of having the courage to say yes. With B.C.’s carbon pollution increasing, this government needs to quickly find the courage to say yes to climate leadership.”

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  • Sustainable Development Goals: Will The World Stick to Its New Year’s Resolutions?

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    Filed in Environment & Climate , Fair Trade, Finance & The Social Economy , on by Worldwatch Institute

    As those of us who struggle to keep our resolutions know, following through on a New Year’s commitment isn’t easy. This year, however, the world has big plans. Last September, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015, 193 countries signed on to tackle 17 goals and meet 169 targets “to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want” and “to heal and secure our planet” by 2030. On January 1, 2016, these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) came into force. Will the world be able to stick to its New Year’s resolutions?

    Learning from the Past

    The SDGs were designed to overcome the shortcomings of their predecessors, the recently expired Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). While these eight objectives to halve global poverty between 1990 and 2015 were praised by some for bringing a focus on human development factors—rather than pushing solely for economic growth—the agenda also was criticized for being difficult to implement equitably across countries and within communities.

    Shifting into Synergies

    Building on the concept that people and the planet are intimately interconnected, the earlier MDGs were expanded to include environmental and human rights issues. The UN’s 2030 Agenda recognizes the importance of “the link between sustainable development and other relevant ongoing processes in the economic, social and environmental ... Read More