The following piece by Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan was originally published as an op-ed.
As we continue to struggle with the “new normal” of this pandemic, we must do so with one eye towards recovery. In my mind, there is only one kind of recovery: one that gets people safely back to work and at the same time, addresses the other major crisis of our time, climate change.
The federal government must take the lead on this because we need a national strategy that will both address the climate crisis and build the new economy.
A green recovery in Canada means investing in communities hard-hit by the economic impact of both the pandemic and the climate crisis. It means big and bold policies, such as carbon capture and storage, the elimination of toxic chemicals in agriculture, consumer goods and manufacturing, and the protection and rehabilitation of land, fresh water, and ocean ecosystems. It also means small, community-based programs that allow individuals to take control of their carbon footprints.