Legislation that moves Canada away from fossil fuel extraction while ensuring just transitions for workers would deliver the kind of support and policies needed to actually meet the climate crisis, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

Legislation that moves Canada away from fossil fuel extraction while ensuring just transitions for workers would deliver the kind of support and policies needed to actually meet the climate crisis, says letter writer. (Stock photo)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Feds can lead transition away from fossil fuels

Let’s address the climate crisis while helping protect workers, says letter writer

To the editor,

When fossil fuel executives and their friends in Ottawa talk about the transition off of fossil fuels taking 30-40 years, that is climate denial. The best scientists are telling us we need to start reducing fossil fuel use now, and yet, fossil fuel companies and our federal government are planning to increase fossil fuel extraction in Canada in the coming years and decades.

This is why we desperately need a Just Transition Act that listens to climate science, guarantees jobs and leaves no community behind.

A piece of legislation like this can deliver the kind of support and policies that Canada needs to actually meet the climate crisis and cut our emissions at the scale that both science and justice require.

And, right now, the government has a chance to deliver that. With consultations on just transition underway, Justin Trudeau can listen to the people and the science and deliver the transition we really need.

John Hollingsworth, Gabriola Island

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