BILL NO. 161
2nd Session, 63rd General Assembly
68 Elizabeth II, 2019
Private Member's Bill
Declaration of Climate Emergency Act
First Reading: September 27, 2019
AND WHEREAS this has manifested itself in events such as pronounced droughts, especially in the southwest area of Nova Scotia in the summers of 2016 and 2018, which has led to an especially high level of concern since some 40 per cent of the Nova Scotia population relies on wells as their source of water with a significant proportion of those wells set on shallow aquifers;
AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada and international scientific reports such as the 2018 Special Report of the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, have identified the need to hold the increase in global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius;
AND WHEREAS global climate change, as associated with atmospheric carbon dioxide, has been identified by the scientific community as the most pressing of contemporary problems over which humankind may have some significant measure of control;
3 The House of Assembly endorses a target of lowering the greenhouse gas emissions of the Province, to be accomplished no later than the year 2030, to at least 50 per cent below 1990 levels, and further endorses the manifestation of this target through appropriate legislation, including amendment of the Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act to include strong targets respecting renewable energy, energy efficiency, retrofitting and green jobs creation.
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