We don’t have to chose between the environment and the economy.
Canada’s EcoFiscal commission, an impressive group of experienced, policy-minded economists with an advisory board that includes senior politicians from across the political spectrum as well as representatives from industry and environmental groups, was formed to dispel the false dichotomy between a thriving economy and a healthy environment.
Their mission is to identify and promote practical fiscal solutions for Canada that spark the innovation required for increased economic and environmental prosperity, and they are motivated by a vision of a thriving economy that is underpinned by clean air, land, and water for the benefit of all Canadians, now and in the future.
The EcoFiscal Commission just released video that discusses how putting a price on pollution is good for the economy:
Here is another EcoFiscal video that talks about it is critical for Canada to find a way to move forward with carbon pricing, to start the meaningful transition to a low-carbon economy.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby is recruiting change agents who will commit to staying on Earth to make it liveable for human beings and other species.
Earth Too is CCL’s response to the Mars One initiative. Where some people feel it is interesting to colonize Mars, we feel it is more important to focus on how innovation and collaboration can secure a vibrant future for those of us still living on Earth.
Sign up today as a Citizens’ Climate Lobby Earth Too change agent and help make history. With your help, our global community will legislate the right policies to accelerate the biggest transformation since the Industrial Revolution. Go to EarthToo.org.
Here’s the video that I submitted to stay on planet Earth:
This is very big news!
The International Energy Agency indicated in a preliminary statement that emissions of carbon dioxide from the world’s power sector accelerated less in 2014 than the global economy. While recession has caused this phenomenon several times in the past (the early 1980s, 1992, and 2009), for the first time in 40 years we are now experiencing a relative reduction in emissions during a time of economic gains.
The figures were first published by The Financial Times in an interview with Chief Economist Fatih Birol, who will succeed Maria van der Hoeven as executive director of the agency. He said:
“This is both a very welcome surprise and a significant one. [It] gives me even more hope that humankind will be able to work together to combat climate change, the most important threat facing us today…. For the first time, greenhouse gas emissions are decoupling from economic growth.”
Read more at How Big a Deal is Economic-Energy CO2 Decoupling?