“We believe that the time is ripe for Canadian communities to become leaders in the implementation of climate change adaptation and mitigation, sustainable technologies, infrastructure and building design, but this leadership is highly dependent on local, provincial and federal governments facilitating further innovation.
We believe this can be achieved by advancing bold legislation, congruent and coherent policies, and incentives to share and expedite the uptake of leading-edge practices. There was also unanimous agreement on the capacity of communities to embrace this agenda if governments go boldly where none has gone before.
The action plan is organized around these six major themes essential for moving forward to a carbon neutral economy by 2050, desirable, doable and achievable if we start now.
There is one overarching critical imperative that must be addressed is to recognize the contributions of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis communities to the political future of this country and to resolve outstanding governance issues, fairly and as soon as possible.”
“We believe today more than ever we need bold leadership. Our guess is that the real leadership needs to come from Canadians from communities everywhere. Dig in, take responsibility, and demand action from your elected officials.”
(adapted from Synder)