Manitoba’s Road to Resilience

 

A community climate action pathway to a fossil fuel free future

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energy & electricity

buildings

human impacts

transportation

economy & green jobs

food & ag

natural spaces / wilderness

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Manitoba’s Road to Resilience was developed by the Climate Action Team (CAT) with input from other subject matter experts and interested members of the public. We want communities to read it, discuss it and add to future updates.

The Need

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Given the current global political reality, there is serious doubt that the world will take the dramatic action required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere at the scale and timeframe required by the IPCC 1.5°C Report.

Many Manitobans recognize the primary consequences of climate change (severe weather, floods, droughts, fires). Those same Manitobans see that those consequences have costs that are rising. What many people may not realize is that our ability to function and survive as a society is at risk.

Other disturbances (food shortages, climate migration, global conflicts) are exacerbated by climate change. The consequences of these disturbances may first be felt elsewhere, but we will feel them here due to their impacts on the global economy, supply chain, and availability and cost of obtaining financial credit. As long as we are dependent upon imported food and global supply chains for energy and essential goods, we are at risk. We are best off if we can provide for our essential needs ourselves.

Most governments are mainly concerned with being re-elected. Under the pretext of being “practical”, they have chosen not to publicly discuss the urgency and scale of work required to adequately address the climate crisis. It is up to civil society (the community) to think at this level and to show the way (or at least a way). We can “think the unthinkable.”

The objective of this document is to provide a decarbonization in Manitoba – zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

As we build that pathway we will be building our local resilience. Resilience means providing for our essential needs ourselves without fossil fuel.

To achieve true and adequate resilience, these are Manitoba’s essential objectives:

Food

Feed ourselves locally without fossil fuel fertilizers or diesel for machinery

Shelter

Heat all of our buildings (old and new) affordably without natural gas

Transportation

Move all goods and people without gasoline or diesel
Our hydroelectric resource will be a big part of building that resilience:

Electricity

Develop and use our electricity resource effectively, efficiently, and affordably to meet those other three objectives

AUDIENCE

This pathway document is intended to define a set of recommendations for consideration by, and to stimulate a dialog among, concerned and informed Manitobans. The intention is that elected representatives, civil servants, and public policymakers will develop implementation plans to achieve the recommendations.

Public

The public needs to support the pathway & demand its implementation

Practitioners

Professionals & civil servants need to detail and implement the pathway

Policy Makers

Elected officials need to set policy and regulation to support the pathway

Guiding Principles

Indigenous Leadership

Seek out and incorporate direction from elders and indigenous knowledge-keepers. Seek out and ensure free, prior, and informed consent. Comprising less than 5% of the world’s population, indigenous people protect 80% of global biodiversity.

A Just Transition for Workers

Provide a path for displaced workers in fossil-fuel dependent industries to find employment in alternative ways.

Holism

Recognize that our economy, society, natural environment, and culture are interrelated. Action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions must take a holistic approach.

Recognize the Right of Nature to Exist

Persist and maintain nature’s vital cycles and support human life on earth. Protecting, reclaiming, and expanding natural areas is key to carbon sequestration and fighting climate change. Biodiversity must be protected and enhanced.

Social Justice

Populations socially excluded by discrimination based on race, gender, ability, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, and age must be part of climate resilience so no one is left behind.

R2R CHAPTERS

Intro

energy & electricity

buildings

human impacts

transportation

economy & green jobs

food & ag

natural spaces / wilderness