Climate & Biodiversity
Angela’s priority climate and biodiversity actions:
Change the system to a circular economy, aiming for wellness and sustainable prosperity.
Change the system from one that undermines the quality of our natural environment (air, water, land) through endless extracting, exploiting and polluting. We need to give up the illusion of limitless growth; it is a cul de sac. We need to build an economy that aims for wellness and sustainable prosperity, health, and a circular economy.
Stop fossil fuel subsidies and expansion; instead invest in renewable energy, efficiency and conservation.
Stop subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, stop investing in fossil fuel infrastructure that locks us into future emissions, and stop the expansion of oil & gas extraction. Climate math (the calculations on how much CO2 we can pump into the atmosphere) tells us that a majority of the Canadian fossil fuel reserves need to stay in the ground.
Phase out subsidies to industrial-scale animal agriculture. Promote healthy and plant-based food.
Phase out subsidies to industrial-scale animal agriculture, including for crops grown strictly for livestock feed. Livestock emissions and other animal agriculture industry emissions should be included in the provisions of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), emissions from livestock alone (primarily methane) represent 15.5% of all GHG emissions by human activity. Much is to be gained from redirecting support towards improved farm methods to reduce GHG emissions, improve soil health, support more locally sourced food and promoting healthy and plant-based food.
Stop eradicating nature and extinguishing entire species.
Stop ecocide – eradicating irreplaceable nature and extinguishing entire species. Humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants. Effective protection, stewardship and conservation measures must be put in place with the support of local communities, especially indigenous communities. Comprising less than 5% of the world’s population, indigenous people protect 80% of global biodiversity.