SCAN Climate Action Awareness Campaign | DAY 11 - Mitigation Strategies

SCAN Climate Action Awareness Campaign | DAY 11 – Mitigation Strategies

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In Day 11 of our Climate Action Awareness Campaign, we will discuss concrete mitigation strategies to combat climate change and its impacts. The urgency of addressing climate change is underscored by Sustainable Development Goal 13, which calls for urgent action to combat this global challenge through innovation, strategy, technology, and international partnerships.

Here are some key mitigation strategies include:

  1. Fossil Fuel Substitution: Fossil fuels account for approximately 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. We must transition away from coal, oil, and gas to address this challenge by substituting them with cleaner energy alternatives such as solar, wind, nuclear power, hydropower, and bioenergy. Additionally, decentralizing power grids and decarbonizing transport and heating are essential for energy storage and efficiency.
  2. Energy Efficiency: Improving energy efficiency across various sectors, from using energy-efficient products like LED lights to constructing energy-efficient buildings, can substantially reduce emissions. Cogeneration, which involves simultaneous electricity and heat energy production, is another effective energy efficiency measure.
  3. Lifestyle and Behavior Changes: Adopting sustainable lifestyle choices, such as reducing meat and dairy consumption and supporting local and organic food production, can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the beef and dairy cattle industry.
  4. Supporting Carbon Sinks and Sequestration: Reforestation, afforestation, and protecting peatlands are vital for enhancing natural carbon sinks and sequestering carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  5. Policy Interventions: Implementing policy measures such as feed-in tariffs, reverse auctions, cap and trade systems, and other market-based mechanisms can accelerate investments in clean energy and incentivize emissions reductions. Additionally, changes to consumer laws and green recovery initiatives following the COVID-19 pandemic can further support climate mitigation efforts.

In the agricultural industry, adopting climate-smart agriculture practices such as cover cropping, crop rotation, agroforestry, and reducing the use of chemicals can contribute to emissions reductions and enhance resilience to climate change impacts.

Furthermore, addressing environmental racism, such as advocating for the passage of Bill C-226 in Canada, is essential for promoting environmental justice and advancing climate mitigation efforts. Bill C-226 is a crucial legislative initiative in Canada. It aims to address environmental racism and promote environmental justice. Here are some critical points about Bill C-226:

  1. Purpose: Bill C-226, officially titled the National Strategy Respecting Environmental Racism and Environmental Justice Act, seeks to develop a national strategy to assess, prevent, and address environmental racism.
  2. Environmental Racism: This bill acknowledges the reality of environmental racism, which disproportionately affects Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) communities. These communities often face higher exposure to environmental hazards due to discriminatory policies and practices.
  3. Strategy Development: If Bill C-226 becomes law, it will require the government to collect information on environmental hazards in BIPOC communities. This data will serve as a foundation for changing existing federal laws, policies, and programs to address environmental inequities.
  4. Environmental Justice: The strategy created under Bill C-226 will focus on promoting environmental justice. It aims to ensure all individuals have equal access to a healthy environment regardless of their background.
  5. Legislative Progress: Bill C-226 has passed several stages in the Canadian Parliament:
  • House of Commons: It completed the first reading on February 2, 2022, and the second reading on June 22, 2022.
  • Senate: It completed the first reading on March 30, 2023, and the second reading on October 26, 2023.

6. Support Needed: While this legislation won’t single-handedly fix environmental racism, it represents an important step toward justice for affected communities. Supporting Bill C-226 is crucial to advancing environmental equity in Canada.

As we conclude today’s discussion, please lend your voice to the movement for climate action, both online and offline. Together, let us advocate for implementing effective mitigation strategies and work towards building a more sustainable and resilient future for generations to come.

Thank you for your continued engagement in our Climate Action Awareness Campaign. We look forward to your participation tomorrow as we continue our journey toward a more sustainable world.

References

Energy Efficiency – 5 Ways to be More Energy Efficient Retrieved on March 14, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/energy-efficiency-5-ways-to-be-more-energy-efficient/

The Role of Technology in Advancing Sustainable Agriculture Retrieved on March 14, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/the-role-of-technology-in-advancing-sustainable-agriculture/

SDG 13 Climate Action Webinar. Retrieved on March 14, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/sdg-13-climate-action-webinar/

C-226 (44-1) – LEGISinfo – Parliament of Canada Retrieved on March 14, 2024 from https://www.parl.ca/legisinfo/en/bill/44-1/c-226

Commons could soon pass legislation to study environmental racism | CBC News Retrieved on March 14, 2024 from https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/racism-environment-bipoc-1.6496767

MPs pass long-awaited legislation to tackle environmental racism in Canada – Environmental Defence Retrieved on March 14, 2024 from https://environmentaldefence.ca/2023/03/30/mps-pass-long-awaited-legislation-to-tackle-environmental-racism-in-canada/

Bill C-226 | openparliament.ca Retrieved on March 14, 2024 from https://openparliament.ca/bills/44-1/C-226/?tab=mentions

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Sustainable Community Aid Network (SCAN) is a Canadian non-profit assisting in the sustainable development of communities, using an intersectional framework that integrates the environmental, social-cultural, and economic issues affecting under-served demographics, with a focus on visible minority groups.
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