“This is not a return to normal … we’re going to a new normal," said Premier John Horgan.
But what does “a new normal” look like for you?
Dogwood BC says, “It marks the beginning of our next big test. Will we seize this opportunity to rebuild a more resilient province — or rush back to business as usual?” They ask you to help shape this essential public conversation by sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper or through their webpage.
Dogwood BC also says that in BC, “normal” was failing to meet our climate targets. “Normal” was Indigenous and rural communities with no economic opportunities. “Normal” was housing, homelessness and addiction crises in our cities. “Normal” was a wildly inequitable distribution of wealth and power in our province. Let’s not go back to “normal”.
The province has set aside $1.5 billion to get our economy back on its feet again as we transition out of the pandemic. ‘There’s a huge opportunity for very important economic growth and economic benefits to be invested in greening our economy, in energy efficiency,’ says interim Green Leader Adam Olsen.
But, the Premier’s task force in charge includes big business and unions, but not green groups.
Our members say:
Advocating for a "hard hat" or "shovel ready" recovery is grabbing the wrong end of the stick. We need to see retraining and placement programs at an unprecedented scale, with gender equity outcomes far beyond anything anyone's achieved in any economic recovery I've heard about.
The recovery plan MUST include:
clean energy development - lots of new jobs there!
fossil fuel use reduction
remove subsidies to fossil fuels - stop investment in dying industries
develop local power grids like solar roofs and wind power (there are bird friendly windmills already developed)
invest in green transportation like public transit and safe bikeways
BC Transit needs to establish a province-wide public bus company that uses as much electric power as possible. Many communities in BC cannot be reached by bus…forcing people to drive their cars, if they have them, are agile enough and can afford to drive.
This is a once-in-a-generation chance to invest these precious public dollars into projects that build the kind of B.C. we all want to live in. We need to be louder. Spark a conversation in your community about what our province should look like as the economy powers up again.
Get involved. We need a Green New Deal, a CleanBC and a Way Forward.
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