The climate crisis is here. There is plenty of evidence of this in our own riding with erosion of our shores, more frequent forest fires , snow caps melting and other alarming signs that cannot be ignored.  It has never been more urgent that we transition to a low-carbon economy.

Sadly, Canada has missed every climate target we have set. Since I was first elected to represent the people of Courtenay-Alberni in 2015, Canada has become the worst performing country on greenhouse gas emissions in the G7.

Concrete action on climate justice is a necessity. We must end fossil fuel subsidies, implement a clean energy jobs plan for workers and communities, and implement real climate action grounded in upholding Indigenous rights and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.

IN THE NEWS - The Tyee - Could Giving Youth a Voice in Politics Help Fix Climate Change?

“Right now big decisions are being made for young people and they don’t get to give their feedback on decisions made today about the world they’ll inherit,” Johns told The Tyee.

It’s important for youth to have a voice in politics for several reasons, he says.

First, young people are citizens too so what they want is important, he says.

“Look at the mess we’re in — they’ll inherit this,” he says, referring to the climate crisis. “We need to ensure they have a seat at the table.” 

Second, Johns says young people are more informed than some people might think.

IN THE NEWS-MP Johns helps Qualicum Beach Climate activists petition federal government

The Qualicum Beach youth climate activists known as “Fridays for Future” think youth should have a say in the future of the planet and they are bringing their message to Ottawa with the help of local Member of Parliament Gord Johns.

“Their commitment is inspiring,” said Johns. “This is the kind of leadership we need. The climate emergency is inter-generational and we need the youth to be part of the discussions and the solutions.”

The NDP has been pressing the government to lower the voting age to 16, and Johns was a leader in the nationwide ban of single use plastics, according to the release.

IN THE NEWS- Canadians are feeling the impacts of climate change, while Justin Trudeau refuses to take leadership

COURTENAY -  As devastating flooding continues in B.C., New Democrats are calling on the federal government to invest in the climate-resistant infrastructure communities desperately need. The Environment and Sustainable Development Commissioner’s report last week gave a dire warning about our future if we continue with the same approach to climate change. Local NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) is calling on the government to finally take meaningful action on the climate crisis by cutting emissions and helping workers and communities transition to a low-carbon future
 
“People in this province have faced the extremes of the climate crisis over the past few months with record breaking heat and devastating flooding,” said Johns. “Canadians cannot afford to wait while the Liberals refuse to take real action on this crisis. New Democrats will continue to fight to get Canadians the results they need."

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