Only 16 days left until Canada votes. As part of our 30-day election coverage, we’ve compiled the top environment and election related content that made headlines this week.
The environment is making some headway this week in the election. It may not be to the degree that Canadians are hoping for, but it’s progress. With two and a half weeks left, let’s hope this upcoming week brings environment to the forefront of election discussions.
- David Suzuki called Justin Trudeau a twerp while discussing the Liberal platform for climate change.
- At Monday’s Munk Debate Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau bickered over climate change and greenhouse gas emissions.
- The NDP released their proposal for a national cap-and-trade system with a goal of reducing emissions to 34 percent bellow 1990 levels in 10-15 years.
- Pope Francis concluded his six-day tour of the United States. During his visit he spoke about climate change and environmental degradation, leading Macleans to question whether he can spark environmental discussion in Canada’s election.
- DeSmog Canada created a timeline outlining the impacts of the Harper government on the environment
- Alberta’s Premier Rachel Notley announced her support for moving away from fossil fuels and switching to clean energy.
- Our friends at the David Suzuki Foundation analyzed the barriers preventing millennials from voting and provide solutions to increase voter turnout.
In case you missed it, here’s what A\J posted this week:
- Crimes Against Ecology – Is the Harper government guilty? You be the judge.
- ‘I don’t know’ is no excuse – whyVOTE is challenging young Canadians to get out and vote
- The Election Climate – Where do Canada’s four major political parties stand on environmental issues?
- Indigenous Women and Water – The top issues for First Nations in the upcoming Federal Election
- Let’s Talk Transportation – Why transportation needs more attention in the Federal Election
- We the Chained – A local Waterloo band is proving that climate change conversations can be fun
Other things to keep in mind:
- Learn everything you need to know about voting in the upcoming election by reading Voting 101. The Elections Canada pilot project to make voting more accessible begins on October 5. If you’re a post-secondary student living outside of your home riding, make sure to visit one of these locations to get your vote in early.
- If you’ve already signed the Leap Manifesto, get your friends and family informed! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for?
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