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Climate Change Action Plan

Drake and Justin Beiber for Canadian Green Energy

Introduction

Disclaimer: this action plan has little/nothing to do with either Drake or Justin Beiber. Governments have sovereignty over natural resources and firms that operate within their borders. They have the more power than other actors, such as international organizations and regional governments, to limit their national greenhouse gas emissions.

Action Plan

Altering natural resource strategy for long term sustainability, implementing regulations to limit emissions, incentivizing use of clean energy for development of the clean energy industry.

  • Purposefully collaborate with First Nations Communities to address their current needs while integrating them into the growing clean energy industry
  • Navigate through Provincial vs. Federal powers by incentivizing efforts toward clean energy
  • Addressing social concerns of job-loss through transition training programs

Implications

Political

Lobby and interest groups may not have such an adverse impact, since it is proven that the Canadian population as a whole will stand to gain to from transitioning to renewable and sustainable energy sources.

Economic

Incentivizing green energy initiatives may have a high initial cost. However, simultaneous taxation for high-carbon emitter can produce income that may be reallocated to pay for costly green energy.

Social

Facilitating the change and transferring people from older industrial jobs to a new innovative industry. Concerns of altering the natural landscape. Compensating citizens that contribute back to the production of green energy. In fact, job growth was greatest in the clean energy sector in Canada in 2013 (Clean Energy Canada).

Remaining Challenges

Economic incentives may not be best for the longterm and in all cases, for example some may value preservation of the landscape more than economic pay off. First Nation and regional government jurisdiction overlap may require more negotiations. Thus, it is essential to collaborate with them from the beginning to develop strategies that address thei specific needs of their communities.