Collaboration Amongst the US and Canadian Eco-Warrior Charities
The prior article in this series dealt with just one of the many reports recommending to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on how Canada should plan to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and create jobs that would reputedly make Canada a green economic example in the world of the “climate change” advocates. As noted, Gerald Butts, Justin Trudeau’s “buddy” was front and centre as one of the “members” involved in the “Bridge to the Future” report.
There have been many other reports (and numerous letters) preaching the same discourse in the past several months and just one example of those issued September 2020 was “Recommendation for Recovery and Budget Actions in 2020-2021”. It is 108 pages long and came from the “Green Budget Coalition” comprised of what they claim are “25 of Canada’s leading environmental organizations”. Ten of the members in the coalition are members of the Strathmere Group, evidence of their continued endeavour to push their 2009 Declaration! Needless to say, the recommendations carry a similar agenda to the “Bridge to the Future” and are supported by some of the same charitable foundations. As this is a longer report their recommendations are embellished! Needless to say, they recommend the government spend tens of billions of our tax dollars to achieve their goals.
Perhaps the time has come to look at what the June 2, 2009 Declaration aimed to achieve and try to determine their success. The full letter with the 21 counterpart US environmental groups who also signed the “Declaration” are contained in the letter on Pembina’s website (as of the date of this article) in this link labelled as a “Fact Sheet” should the reader wish to view it in its entirety!
Declaration signed by the 12 Canadian and 21 U.S. environmental groups:
“Declaration of U.S. and Canadian Environmental and Conservation Leaders on U.S.-Canada Cooperation on Climate, Energy, and Natural Areas Conservation
On June 2, 2009, leaders from the major U.S. and Canadian environmental and conservation organizations met outside Washington, D.C. to discuss solutions and areas for coordination. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss common climate, energy and natural areas conservation issues recognizing the integration of U.S. and Canadian economies and our mutual need for clean energy job creation.
North American ingenuity can protect our deteriorating atmosphere, grow manufacturing jobs in harnessing wind and solar energy, improve our security by reducing our dependence on oil, minimize climate change’s drastic impact on human and natural communities, and protect our fragile natural areas such as the Arctic and the Boreal Forest.
The CEOs of U.S. and Canadian environmental organizations call on the United States and Canada to:
• Show bold leadership on the world stage, especially leading up to the Copenhagen climate meeting, and within each country through addressing climate change head-on. Many States, Provinces and Indigenous Peoples are already showing leadership in tackling the threat to our climate system and implementing strong policies to protect it.
• Incorporate climate science into policy and permitting decisions affecting natural resource management in order to best ensure that wildlife and natural systems can survive in a warming world.
• Declare a moratorium on expansion of tar sands development and halt further approval of infrastructure that would lock us into using dirty liquid fuels from sources such as tar sands, oil shale and liquid coal. Tar sands oil production is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas pollution in Canada and is having a devastating impact on Boreal ecosystems, migratory birds, and air and water quality. Pollution from production of fuels from tar sands, oil shale and liquid coal undermines gains made through fuel efficiency and other mechanisms meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
• Strengthen investments in renewable energy and in energy efficiency and conservation through creating new clean energy jobs and increasing prosperity through new technologies. A continental commitment to enhanced energy efficiency and rapid expansion of renewable energy, that minimizes impact on the natural world, is critical. Moreover, energy security is best achieved through investment in the cleanest available energy and through ending our dependence on fossil fuels.
• Declare a moratorium on industrial fishing and development in the Arctic Ocean until there is a comprehensive scientific analysis incorporating the newest information on climate change impacts and until there is a system for integrated, precautionary ecosystem-based management of industrial activities.
• Work cooperatively with all Arctic countries and Peoples to curb all sources of pollution of the Arctic, including from land-based sources.
• Protect the North American Boreal Forest as one of the world’s last large intact wilderness forests and as a critical global carbon reservoir in its peatlands and forests.”
I will leave it to the reader to initially review the 7 declarations/proposals and determine if the environmental leaders successfully achieved their goals since signing of the letter. The final chapter—Part 5 (A), will attempt to grade them on their level of success.
Stay tuned for the final chapter on this story!
PS: The “Declaration” they signed June 2, 2009 surprisingly received little publicity and the only article found referencing it, was one archived appearing in the June 4, 2009 edition of the New York Times written by Michael Burnham of Greenwire as “supplement content”. The article makes no reference specifically to the Strathmore Group but the named environmental organizations are the same ones who signed the “Declaration”!