Green Budget Coalition – Recommendations for Recovery and Budget Actions in 2020-2021
The Green Budget Coalition – including WHC – just released its detailed Recommendations for Recovery and Budget Actions in 2020-2021, focused on making climate and biodiversity objectives central to Canada’s recovery efforts. It features job-creating opportunities addressing:
- Building energy efficiency retrofits – $10 billion to improve energy efficiency and reduce reliance on fossil fuels in schools, hospitals, social housing, and residential buildings;
- Clean transportation – $4.8 billion over five years, including $700 million for transitioning to zero-emission vehicles;
- Nature-based climate solutions – $2.6 billion over five years, including reducing emissions through restoration of forests, grasslands, and wetlands, improved management of forestry and agricultural lands, and supporting natural infrastructure solutions; and
- Protected areas – $4.8 billion over five years, including increased support for Indigenous protected areas and Guardians programs.
The Green Budget Coalition, active since 1999, brings together 25 of Canada’s leading environmental organizations, collectively with over one million members and supporters, and decades of experience solving Canada’s biggest environmental challenges.
The Green Budget Coalition also recommends federal investments in sustainable agriculture, Great Lakes-St. Lawrence protection and conservation, renewable energy, reducing plastic pollution, action on toxics, and other environmental issues.