Greenprint for Canada
Publisher: Greenprint for Canada Committee
A Federal Agenda for the Environment
Year Published: 1989
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX4124
Abstract: Twenty-eight organizations, including the Assembly of First Nations, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Energy Probe, Friends of the Earth, and the World Wildlife Fund Canada, produced Greenprint for Canada after a six month collaborative effort. It offers the federal government a comprehensive agenda for the environment.
Forty-three recommendations are made that would affect the mandates of many federal departments and agencies. Among the recommendations are eight for immediate action that would "save taxpayers billions, help reduce the federal deficit, yet help solve important environmental problems." The groups urge the government to:
* Cancel subsidies to energy magaprojects that harm the environment;
* Enact a new environmental assessment law, so there is adequate federal review of all policies, programs and projects that affect the environment;
* Vigorously enforce and update the Fisheries Act regulations for industries that pollute Canada's waterways;
* Set stringent auto emissions standards to stop smog and acid rain;
* Ban the sale of irradiated foods in Canada;
* Commit to a 20 per cent reduction in Canada's carbon dioxide emissions;
* Stop uranium mining in the North;
* Protect endangered species by adequately enforcing the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The Greenprint for Canada Committee plans to monitor the performance of the federal government in addressing these and other environmental concerns over coming months and years.