Climate Test Now!
Now is the time for our governments to get serious about climate action by incorporating a scientifically rigorous climate test into their environmental assessments. A climate test would determine whether a proposed project makes climate change worse, and whether it would impact our ability to meet greenhouse gas emissions targets.
We are currently on a path to 3⁰C to 5⁰C of warming, which would see a total breakdown of human civilization as we know it. If we are to keep warming to within 1.5⁰C, we need a climate test to weed out greenhouse gas polluting projects that should not be built.
Now is the time for change. Governments are finally listening to concerned and active citizens, as well as scientists, and recognizing climate change as the unprecedented threat it is. A climate test will help us capitalize on momentum help us transition to a clean, renewable future by ensuring that any new proposed energy project will not get built if it prevents us from hitting climate targets. A climate test asks “does it make climate change worse?” If the answer is yes, it doesn’t get built.
Join the growing number of British Columbians who are demanding our leaders implement a climate test now!
Signing our petition is a great start, but there is a lot more you can do to raise awareness and put pressure on our governments to implement a climate test. You can download the petition and ask your friends and family to add their names. You can join other Sierra Club BC volunteers across the province as they spread the word. If climate action is something you’re passionate about this is a great way to meet like-minded individuals and generate meaningful change. Look below for some resources to help you with petitioning or email our outreach coordinator to find out more about petitioning, volunteering, and other ways to get involved.
In September 2015 we worked with the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre, to figure out how a climate test could be implemented in B.C.
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If you’re volunteering, petitioning, or just want to know a little more about the climate test, we’ve put together this information sheet to provide you some more background on the campaign.
If you’ve downloaded the petition and want to collect some names, have a look at these useful tips and suggestions. Email our outreach coordinator for more information on how to submit your names after you’ve collected them.
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Our climate is in crisis. Yet federal and provincial environmental assessments ignore the full climate impacts of the projects they review. That’s unacceptable.
That’s why Sierra Club BC is calling for a climate test to be built in environmental assessments, both federally and provincially. A robust climate test would assess all climate impacts, including upstream (extraction) and downstream (burning) emissions related to a given proposal, and consider clean energy alternatives.
Simply put, assessments would need to answer basic questions of any proposed project. Will it make climate change worse, yes or no? How will it affect our ability to stay within 1.5 degrees of global warming?
We, the undersigned, respectfully request that the Government of B.C. and the Government of Canada incorporate a scientifically-rigorous climate test into their respective environmental assessment processes.
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