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Stimulating a Canadian narrative for climate

Catherine Potvin, Divya Sharma, Irena Creed, Sally Aitken, François Anctil, Elena Bennett, Fikret Berkes, Steven Bernstein, Nathalie Bleau, Alain Bourque, Bryson Brown, Sarah Burch, James Byrne, Ashlee Cunsolo, Ann Dale, Deborah de Lange, Bruno Dyck, Martin Entz, José Etcheverry, Rosine Faucher, Adam Fenech, Lauchlan Fraser, Irene Henriques, Andreas Heyland, Matthew Hoffmann, George Hoberg, Meg Holden, Gordon Huang, Aerin L. Jacob, Sebastien Jodoin, Alison Kemper, Marc Lucotte, Roxane Maranger, Liat Margolis, Ian Mauro, Jeffrey McDonnell, James Meadowcroft, Christian Messier, Martin Mkandawire, Catherine Morency, Normand Mousseau, Ken Oakes, Sarah Otto, Pamela Palmater, Taysha Sharlene Palmer, Dominique Paquin, Anthony Perl, André Potvin, Howard Ramos, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Natalie Richards, John Robinson, Stephen Sheppard, Suzanne Simard, Brent J. Sinclair, Natalie Slawinski, Mark Stoddart, Marc-André Villard, Claude Villeneuve, Tarah Wright and C. Scott Findlay

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This perspective documents current thinking around climate actions in Canada by synthesizing scholarly proposals made by Sustainable Canada Dialogues (SCD), an informal network of scholars from all 10 provinces, and by reviewing responses from civil society representatives to the scholars' proposals. Motivated by Canada's recent history of repeatedly missing its emissions reduction targets and failing to produce a coherent plan to address climate change, SCD mobilized more than 60 scholars to identify possible pathways towards a low-carbon economy and sustainable society and invited civil society to comment on the proposed solutions. This perspective illustrates a range of Canadian ideas coming from many sectors of society and a wealth of existing inspiring initiatives. Solutions discussed include climate change governance, low-carbon transition, energy production, and consumption. This process of knowledge synthesis/creation is novel and important because it provides a working model for making connections across academic fields as well as between academia and civil society. The process produces a holistic set of insights and recommendations for climate change actions and a unique model of engagement. The different voices reported here enrich the scope of possible solutions, showing that Canada is brimming with ideas, possibilities, and the will to act.

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climate change; governance; low-carbon transition; energy production; energy consumption

Subjects: 1500 Environmental engineering > 1500 Environmental engineering
Department: Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering
Funders: Trottier Institute for Science and Public Policy, Faculty of Science of McGill University, C.P.’s Tier 1 Canada Research Chair Climate Change Mitigation and Tropical Forests
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/5093/
Journal Title: FACETS (vol. 2, no. 1)
Publisher: Canadian Science Publishing
DOI: 10.1139/facets-2016-0029
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2016-0029
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2023 16:13
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2023 04:01
Cite in APA 7: Potvin, C., Sharma, D., Creed, I., Aitken, S., Anctil, F., Bennett, E., Berkes, F., Bernstein, S., Bleau, N., Bourque, A., Brown, B., Burch, S., Byrne, J., Cunsolo, A., Dale, A., de Lange, D., Dyck, B., Entz, M., Etcheverry, J., ... Scott Findlay, C. (2017). Stimulating a Canadian narrative for climate. FACETS, 2(1), 131-149. https://doi.org/10.1139/facets-2016-0029


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