The climate emergency transcends party lines and provincial borders. We’ve seen this time and again in real-world examples, including from this summer when flooding in Montreal and Ottawa destroyed homes and cottages, washed out roads and led to both provinces declaring states of emergency.
That’s why when we heard that Premier Jason Kenney was attempting to thwart nationally-coordinated efforts to combat climate change, we knew we had to spring to action — again.
We’re in court this week, on behalf of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and the David Suzuki Foundation, to reinforce the legal precedent we helped set in Ontario and Saskatchewan that confirmed that the federal government has the authority to step in when provinces fail to effectively tackle climate change.
We could not have done it without your help. You’ve made sure we’ve been able to go to court not once, not twice, but three times to argue in support of the federal government’s ability to introduce and implement much needed climate solutions.
The science (and real-world repercussions of climate impacts) have shown us that we do not have time to waste.
We have about a decade to take immediate action to avert the worst impacts of climate change. If we fail, it is young people and future generations that will bear the costs of the climate emergency — including widespread illness and death — more than previous generations.
This includes the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. Scientists have determined that, in one lifetime, the temperature in their traditional territories will not increase by 1.5 degrees but nearly 7 degrees, posing an existential threat to this community.
We will be doing all that we can to make sure this doesn’t happen. But the federal government must have the ability to take strong climate action if we are to stand a chance. Our climate future (and that of future generations) depends on our governments’ ability to each do their part to reduce emissions and hold polluters to account for putting greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.
We hope we can count on supporters like you to be in our corner. Please consider giving a gift today and help make sure we can send a clear message: When it comes to fighting climate breakdown and defending nature, we will use the power of the law to hold government to account for keeping Canadians and the environment safe.