Gudie Hutchings

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Long Range Mountains

Gudie Hutchings

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M.P. Report on Climate Change Consultations

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Town Hall Consultation Report – Climate Change

July 19, 2016

This report summarizes constituent feedback received by M.P. Gudie Hutchings during a town hall meeting in Woody Point and through individual conversations with constituents throughout the summer of 2016. It was formally submitted to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, P.C., M.P., on July 19, 2016 for review by officials in Environment and Climate Change Canada and for the feedback to be inputted in to the Provincial and Territorial working groups established under the Vancouver Declaration. Please note, these views are a compilation of the perspectives shared with the Member and do not necessarily represent the Members views.

Town Hall Consultation Report – Climate Change
July 19, 2016

This report summarizes constituent feedback received by M.P. Gudie Hutchings during a town hall meeting in Woody Point and through individual conversations with constituents throughout the summer of 2016. It was formally submitted to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, P.C., M.P., for review by officials in Environment and Climate Change Canada and for the feedback to be inputted in to the Provincial and Territorial working groups established under the Vancouver Declaration. Please note, these views are a compilation of the perspectives shared with the Member and do not necessarily represent the Member’s views.

1. What have been your own experiences with the impacts of climate change?
Throughout the town hall discussion and in conversations with constituents, it is clear residents of the Long Range Mountains understand the existing impacts that climate change is having now and the and potential impacts it could have in the future on Newfoundland and Labrador. There is was a general sense of anxiousness about Canada’s lack of progress thus far in doing our part to address climate change.

Constituents listed the following experiences they have had with climate change:
• Negative effects on our ecosystem such as high winds and landslides have increased coastal erosion. When combined with rising sea levels it has increased risks of damage or destruction to homes and fishing cabins along the west coast of the island of Newfoundland
• The economic effects of increases in severe storms such as infrastructure damage, including wharf and boardwalk damage along the coast and road and bridge damage
• The rising water levels are affecting fishers and businesses in the Bay area
• Although we need more continued research in this area, we have to realize that climate change has occurred throughout history, but not at this fast pace.

2. What are the solutions for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
There were two consistent themes during the town hall discussions and in individual conversations over the summer. The first was for the Government of Canada to show real and concrete leadership in addressing climate change. Second, was that the Government of Canada work with the provinces and municipalities to help develop programs or tools for individuals to help do their part in their own life.

Constituents raised a number of solutions they would like to see examined by governments. The ideas are included below:
• Hire a regional climate change coordinator / planner with expertise in climate change to assist the communities with their planning and help them recognize issues and opportunities to make changes in line with the national strategy
• Encourage recycling, public transit and homegrown foods.
• Find ways to utilize alternative energy such as wind power and solar panels.
• Apply a carbon tax and add carbon tax onto the sale of vehicles that consume a high amount of fuel.
• Implement and promote a ride-sharing program with financial incentives for participants.
• Put less money into the fossil fuel industry and more into a green and sustainable future.
• Better building code to adjust to high winds and Federal buildings should be retrofitted to be more green
• Build a solar network across the province and across the country
• Apply The Leap Manifesto and its 15 recommendations to engage in a “system” change and redesign our economic system
• Do not allow oil exploration and exploitation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

3. What are your ideas for growing the economy and creating jobs? What are some ideas to promote innovation and new technologies?
The following ideas were heard at the town hall discussion and during conversations throughout the summer:
• Begin to transition from fossil fuels to a sustainable, green energy.
• Establish jobs to protect our marine coastal areas.
• Apply the Gross Happiness Index to change values and start new conversations.
• Update National Building Code to reflect new values and ideas.
• Encourage (financial incentives) the purchase of electric vehicle
• Re-establish residential retrofit programs and re-examine National Building Code to reflect new values
• Support green energy projects at community / local / regional level
• End subsidies to fossil fuel industry and transfer the money to the green / sustainable economy

 

 4. What can Canada do to better adapt to impacts of climate change?
• The College of the North Atlantic and Memorial University of Newfoundland should get involved with promoting climate change research and solutions, while involving the communities.
• Consult with seniors in regards to their transportation needs, to help provide green transportation for them.
• Create legislation to control the packaging on products and consumer goods.
• Work with the tourism industry to help make their business practices greener.
• Hire a regional climate change coordinator to assist communities with their adaptation plans.
• Develop a national plan, with the provinces, for transitioning from oil/fossil fuels to sustainable energy