SCAN Climate Action Awareness Campaign Day 5 - Climate Policies

SCAN Climate Action Awareness Campaign | Day 5 – Climate Policies

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Today, we come together to confront a truth that demands our attention: climate change is not a distant threat but a present reality unfolding before us. With each passing day, the evidence of its impact grows more undeniable, and the urgency of our response becomes ever more pressing.

In the face of this existential challenge, Canada has taken a significant step toward a climate-resilient future by releasing its first National Adaptation Strategy (NAS). This milestone represents a commitment and a call to action—a recognition of the need for a whole-of-society approach to adaptation planning that aims to build resilient communities and strong economies.

Recent hurricanes, wildfires, heatwaves, and flood events are stark reminders of the devastating toll that climate change can exact on lives, communities, and infrastructure. These events underscore the critical importance of Canada’s Adaptation Action Plan—a comprehensive strategy to prepare our nation for climate change’s impacts and reduce its associated risks.

The Government of Canada Adaptation Action Plan (GOCAAP) outlines 73 new and ongoing federal actions across 22 departments and agencies to address the short- and long-term climate change risks facing Canadians. These actions are designed to help meet Canada’s adaptation goals and contribute to achieving the proposed targets, goals, and objectives laid out in the National Adaptation Strategy.

Here are some key highlights from the GOCAAP:

Disaster Resilience: The plan allocates $62 million over five years to enhance existing programs, including the First Nation Adapt Program, the Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program, and the Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program.

Green Municipal Fund Expansion: The Green Municipal Fund will be expanded by $530 million to support community-based adaptation initiatives.

The GOCAAP is part of a comprehensive federal approach to addressing the climate change crisis and transitioning toward a cleaner, low-carbon, and more resilient Canada. It complements Canada’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as described in the 2030 Emissions Reduction Plan.

At its core, the Adaptation Action Plan recognizes that climate change is already affecting Canada’s communities, infrastructure, and ecosystems—and that these impacts will only grow more severe over time. It emphasizes the need to take action now to ensure that Canada is better equipped to adapt to the changing climate in the future.

One of the critical goals of the Adaptation Action Plan is to build resilience in our communities. This goal involves helping communities identify the specific risks they face due to climate change and developing strategies to manage them. The plan also calls for creating a Climate Resilience Fund to support community-based adaptation efforts.

Additionally, the plan includes measures to protect Canada’s infrastructure from the effects of climate change, such as assessing the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and investing in research and development of new technologies to protect it. It also prioritizes the protection of our ecosystems, including creating new protected areas to preserve Canada’s biodiversity.

Crucially, the Adaptation Action Plan emphasizes the need for collaboration and partnership between different levels of government and other stakeholders, including Indigenous peoples, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations. This collaborative approach is essential to effectively addressing the complex challenges of climate change.

Moreover, the plan acknowledges the necessity of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to minimize the severity of climate change impacts. It emphasizes a “climate-smart” approach considering adaptation and mitigation efforts.

Supported by various initiatives and funding programs, the Adaptation Action Plan represents a comprehensive and collaborative approach to addressing the challenges of climate change. By focusing on building resilience in communities, protecting critical infrastructure, and preserving ecosystems, the plan aims to help Canadians adapt to the impacts of climate change while working to minimize those impacts through mitigation efforts.

The release of Canada’s National Adaptation Strategy marks a significant moment in our nation’s response to the climate crisis. Let us seize this opportunity to come together, take decisive action, and build a more resilient and sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

Reference

Government of Canada Adaptation Action Plan – Fact Sheet – Canada.ca Retrieved March 7, 2024 from canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/climate-plan/national-adaptation-strategy/action-plan-fact-sheet.html

A Brief Introduction to Hurricanes and Hurricane Idalia Retrieved March 7, 2024 from https://environbuzz.com/hurricanes-and-hurricane-idalia/

Balancing Growth and Green Spaces: Ontario’s Environmental Challenge. Retrieved March 7, 2024 https://environbuzz.com/balancing-growth-and-green-spaces-ontario/

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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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