Chapter Comments on GNWT Draft Climate Change Plan
The Council of Canadians NWT Chapter has submitted comments on the territorial government’s draft Climate Change Strategic Framework.
The submission itemizes shortcomings in the draft, including its:
- Lack of an appreciation of the urgent need for action
- Failure to embrace the growing number of community-based innovations that seek sustainable local economies and manage and mitigate climate change impacts
- Neglect of climate change adaptations and mitigations being introduced throughout the circumpolar north
- Failure to set departmental responsibilities, budgets, deliverables, and timelines for achievement of meaningful reduction of greenhouse gas.
The submission calls on the GNWT to improve the draft “so it serves northerners and our environment. More importantly however, after what will now be four years of planning, it is critical that the GNWT expedite the action plan and immediate investment in mitigations in recognition of the urgency of the threats of climate change. “