Re: P.E.I. government aims for 2040 climate target, but offers few details on how to reach it, The Guardian, Oct. 21:
The P.E.I. government has pledged to reach net zero electricity by 2030 and net zero GHGs by 2040. But when will the P.E.I. government take on the meaningful action needed now to achieve this goal?
This confusing announcement of more consultations with few details adds to our disappointment with the provincial government’s response to our recent Global Climate Action Day Rally; many young people and other Islanders turned out to support the Fridays for Future world-wide movement (started by Greta Thunberg) demanding action on the climate crisis, but no Conservative MLAs accepted the invitation to attend.
Climate disruption is now a reality, our oceans are warming, a million species of animals and plants are at risk of extinction, and the ecosystems on which we and all other species depend are deteriorating rapidly.
All political decisions must now address the climate crisis, and promote protection and restoration of nature, instead of destruction.
We are dismayed that we have had no meaningful response yet to our requests for climate action presented to Environment Minister Jameson July 29.
We were pleased to see that the special legislative committee on climate change has resumed meetings, but why has there been no public action from government on the recommendations in the interim report from that Committee, other than encouraging telecommuting?
We are what we do, not what we say we'll do.
Marilyn McKay, David Woodbury, Dawn Murphy, CJ Verbeem, Donna Wigmore, Christine Gates, Douglas Carmody, Tony Reddin, on behalf of the P.E.I. Fridays for Future Climate Action Group.