• Le 7 décembre, 23 groupes ont signé une déclaration sur l'économie à faible carbone.  Pour lire la déclaration complète, cliquez ici

    La déclaration demande au gouvernement du Nouveau-Brunswick de :
    • adopter l’établissement de l’économie à faible carbone comme la base pour une économie plus stable et résiliente, commençant en 2018;
    • inclure des mesures de protection transparentes prévenant la possibilité de cacher ou de fausser les émissions de carbone et les figures de crédits de carbone;
    • Assurer les succès en refusant les mesures de neutralité de revenu, la tarification basée sur la valeur et autres mesures de retombement des groupes d’intérêt des consommateurs et des corporations;
    • Ne pas permettre de période de grâce pour la pleine implémentation du programme de taxe sur le programme, ni de donner de crédits plutôt que de les vendre aux industries qui polluent sous le régime de plafonnement et d’échange;
    • Investir et réinvestir tous les revenus de la taxe provinciale sur le carbone dans l’énergie propre, le transport et l’infrastructure propre ainsi que l’efficacité énergétique.
    La déclaration fut signée par:
    Association for the protection of marshes and beaches at l'Aboiteau
    Citizens Coalition for Clean Air – Saint-Jean, N-B
    Concerned Citizens of Saint John
    Conseil des canadiens – Chapitre Atlantique
    Conseil des canadiens – Chapitre du Comté de Kent
    Department of Geography and Environment, Mount Allison University
    Développement durable de Bathurst
    East Brûlé Citizens for Protected Wetlands and Beaches 
    Esgenoopetitj Watershed Association
    Feu Vert – Grand-Sault, N-B
    Fondation Sierra Club du Canada – Section du Canada Atlantique
    Friends of Rockwood Park, INC. – Saint-Jean, N-B
    NB Anti-Shale Gas Alliance
    New Brunswickers Against Fracking – Doaktown, N-B
    OCIA Atlantic
    PEACE-NB
    Recherche Indépendante de Retraité en Écologie
    Red Dot Association of Shediac Bay
    Sustainable Energy Group - Woodstock, N-B
    Taymouth Environmental Action
    University of New Brunswick Saint John Green Society
    Voices for Sustainable Environments and Communities – Village deGagetown, N-B
    West/Ouest Brûlé Ltd.
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    The UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) comes to an end next year. What have we accomplished in Canada to support the Decade? What challenges did we face? And where do we go from here? It was these questions that shaped the discussion at a national ESD workshop I attended at the Canadian Commission for UNESCO annual meeting recently. In general, the workshop provided an interesting discussion, although it was a bit too much of listening to ourselves talk and not quite enough of concrete action items for my liking.

     

    Perhaps one of the most thought-provoking comments included the best definition of ESD – more often called sustainability education here in NB! – that I have ever heard. Here it is: ESD is about figuring out the kind of future we want and then preparing people with the skills, knowledge, and values they need to make that future a reality.

     

    The workshop helped me think about our various ESD initiatives in New Brunswick in terms of international priorities and those in other provinces. UNESCO has developed three priorities for ESD internationally; these have been adopted provincially in Manitoba. Should we in NB be focusing on these priorities also? The priorities are:

     

    • All schools have an ESD or sustainability plan by 2015,
    • Faculties of Education incorporate ESD into their teachers’ education programs, and
    • Vocational education (e.g., community collges) re-orient their programming to help us move from a “brown economy” to a “green economy.”

     

    There is research underway internationally that may help our cause here in the province. We, as “believers” know that ESD improves the quality of education. However, research is needed to demonstrate this to non-believers. This research is being undertaken by a number of countries working together to explore the links between ESD and quality education and to find qualitative and quantitative data to support these links.

    This workshop was attended by 29 representatives from organizations across the country. The official minutes can be found here.

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