March 15, 2019 - Time to listen to young people on climate change

NDP Environment and Climate Change spokesperson Lenore Zann made the following statement about the March 15th climate strike by students:

“Students are walking out of class to make a point about government inaction on climate change. Inspired by a 16-year old Swedish high school student who sparked this movement against global warming, they see their future in jeopardy, and I don’t blame them.

It’s clear that we need to make bold, dramatic changes if we want to leave a hopeful legacy to today’s young people. We have an important opportunity to work together to reduce our carbon emissions and transition to a green economy.

I applaud the students who are striking across the globe. May their leadership inspire governments in every jurisdiction to take action now, and do the right thing for our planet.”

The NDP will table the Local Action on Climate Change Act to give municipalities more powers to fight climate change.

The Act would provide funding for a Sustainability & Infrastructure Funding Support position at the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities and create a fund to help cover the costs of climate change adaptation projects like energy efficiency projects, shoreline restoration, and dike improvements. 

"Creating a Local Action on Climate Change fund that municipalities can access would help provide the resources necessary to address the impacts of climate change," said Meg Hodges, Municipal Councillor, District 1, Kings County. "There are important infrastructure projects, like dyke improvements, that desperately require attention. Provincial partnership and support for municipalities is essential for the future success and survival of our coastal communities."

It also requires the province to support projects like Solar City in the HRM, which are known as Property Assessed Clean Energy financing projects. The Act, if passed, would clarify that municipalities are allowed to create and own green energy utilities.

“The NS NDP legislation introduced to support local action on climate change is a critical piece in the provincial/municipal full-spectrum approach to climate solutions,” said Gregory Heming, Municipal Councillor, District 5, Annapolis County. 

“It offers targeted funding to Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities and suggests strong amendments to the Municipal Government Act in order to give broad powers to local governments to address climate change. The urgency of climate disruption demands bold action. An Act to Support Local Action on Climate Changeis bold, practical, and necessary."

Lenore Zann, MLA
Truro-Bible Hill-Millbrook-Salmon River
557 Prince St.
Truro, Nova Scotia B2N 1G2
Fax: 902-897-1841