UN calls out Canada on children’s climate rights
The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has expressed serious concerns about Canada’s climate policies, calling out the “disproportionately high carbon footprint of [Canada], in particular through investments made in fossil fuels.”
The committee addressed climate as a serious children’s human rights concern and called on Canada to “systematically” include children in climate policy decisions, to collect data on the impacts of climate on children and to ensure children’s access to climate justice. The committee also called on Canada to meet its international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Send your letter to Prime Minster Trudeau and Environment Minister Guilbeault now.
To protect children’s right to a healthy, stable climate, Canada must create a clear, science-based climate recovery plan that addresses its share of global greenhouse gas emissions.
The federal government can start by immediately enacting regulations that put a hard cap on GHG emissions from the oil and gas sector, end subsidies and public funding for fossil fuels, and require Canada’s electricity grid to achieve zero emissions by 2035.