Climate Change Policy
Climate Change policy from the 2007
- Re-commit Saskatchewan to reaching our international obligation of the Kyoto Protocol through introduction of the following programs:
- Energy conservation promotion as found in the Energy section.
- Reverse metering in both rural and urban areas, leading to an emphasis on wind, solar, biomass and geothermal energy sources.
- Increased funding for public transit.
- Building a high speed rail network between major urban centers. The reduction of heavy traffic loads will improve road conditions, and the better efficiency of railways will reduce emissions, benefitting the environment.
- Introduction of a carbon tax to help make alternatives more affordable.
- Join British Columbia, Manitoba, and California in the Western Region Climate Action Initiative.
Climate Change Resolutions 1998-2011:
2007.13 Oil Patch
Be it resolved that the green party calls for a moratorium to be put on all future oil development until a cumulative impact statement has been done that will put some kind of parameters on future developments that take place. This would include tar sands, conventional oil, methane field development and whatever else is going on out there.
2003.3 A green energy plan
BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan Government would develop a Green Energy policy that protects the environment and creates sustainable and meaningful employment. This policy will place primary emphasis on energy conservation and the development of decentralized electrical generation from sources such as wind, solar, biomass, micro-hydro, geothermal and methane.
And furthermore, the Green Party of Saskatchewan supports the implementation of the Kyoto agreement in Canada.
2002.4 Promoting green energy
BE IT RESOLVED that a Green Party of Saskatchewan government would enact and promote policies that would seriously address the problem of global warming and climate change including conservation measures as well as promote alternative green energy. As well, in view of the seriousness of this problem and the fact that time is of extreme importance, the Green Party of Saskatchewan act in such away outside of the government to promote activities that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote alternative green energy.
2000.8 Climate Change
RESOLVED that the Green Party of Saskatchewan work with other organizations to take immediate actions in Saskatchewan and Canada to set up structures that will support the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in this province. These actions should be centred around energy conservation, alternative and bioenergy supply, low emission transportation systems, demand side management and support for employment transition programs.
1998.1 Greenhouse gases
Resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan support immediate action to reduce and limit the release of greenhouse gases in Saskatchewan.
Resolved that the Green Party of Saskatchewan support and extensive energy conservation program and the creation and implementation of alternative methods of energy production.
The Green Party of Saskatchewan resolves that the province should fully support the minimal requirements set out by international treaty at Kyoto. We propose:
- That the province re-commit itself to developing renewable energy resources. This would include re-funding the wind power demonstration project cancelled by SaskPower, re-funding the Saskatchewan Energy Development and Conservation Authority disbanded by the NDP government, and implementing key recommendations from the 1991 Saskatchewan Energy Options commission in the area of demand side management.
- That the province spend money on researching and developing alternatives to the automobile for mass public transport, especially if the Saskatchewan Motor Vehicle Dealers' Association is unable to cut motor vehicle deaths and injuries by 25% by the year 2000.
- That the NDP provincial government end its subsidies to the oil industry, especially to oil mega-projects.
Platform 2007: Climate Change
A GPS government will support the Kyoto Protocol through energy conservation, demand management, wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, and small hydro.
Platform 2003: Climate Change
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government will support a series of initiatives which would result in the creation of a
Quality Saskatchewan program which will promote Saskatchewan agriculture, industry, products, institutions and communities nationally and internationally as being certified high quality, environmentally responsible and economically sustainable products, institutions and communities.
Certification for all of Saskatchewan’s Forestry Operations
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government will initiate a process that will result in all of Saskatchewan’s Crown forests and forest products achieving certification by the Forest Stewardship Council of Canada, and subsequently, all Crown forest operation license holders will be required to follow operation procedures compliant with these certification standards in all of their forest operations within Saskatchewan.
Declaring Our Water Rights
A Green Party of Saskatchewan government will support the rights of the citizens of Saskatchewan and the world by declaring that:
“because water is a common heritage of human kind,
- “earth’s fresh water belongs to all living species and therefore must not be treated as a commodity to be bought, sold and traded for profit as an economic good.
- “local human communities have the primary responsibility to guarantee that water is treated as a common heritage.
“because water is a fundamental human and social right,
- “the right to water in quantity and quality sufficient to life is an individual and collective inalienable right which cannot be submitted to any constraint of social (sex, age, income), political, religious or financial nature.
- “the cost to satisfy such a right for all must be financed by the collectivity.
“because water is essential to the security of our communities and societies,
- “its ownership, control, delivery and management belong in the public domain.
- “citizens must be at the heart of the decision process in water affairs.
- “water management policies must ensure social equity such as gender equity, public health and environmental equity.”
(c.f. U.N. Declaration on Water Rights)