Canada has long championed clean air. Which is why it created a national clean air day in 2017. The area isn’t the only one promoting this concept. Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECC) incorrectly labels carbon dioxide as pollution. Especially when it is required for photosynthesis. Meanwhile, the US is on its 40th anniversary of the clean air act being signed into office back in Dec, 13th, 1970.
CAD’s 2030 plan
Canada’s 2030 plan is an ongoing, multi-year effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by half. It was formulated with input from nearly 30,000 Canadians, industry, Indigenous partners, civil society and the Net-Zero Advisory Body. Its goals and objectives reflect a holistic approach to cutting emissions from all sectors.
The plan includes several measures and policy signals to help build on the progress already made. Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister of Finance recently delivered the Liberal Party’s federal budget for 2022. That includes $9 billion for climate-related initiatives.
Monitoring of air quality
Canada’s Clean Air Day is Wednesday, June 6. This is an opportunity for citizens to take action to protect their health and the environment. Polluted air can affect our health and contribute to a number of chronic diseases, including respiratory problems. By taking action to monitor air quality, we can reduce our exposure to toxic chemicals.
The Canadian higher ups appear to be taking action to protect the environment and protect the health of citizens. The country has a comprehensive air quality management system. Such a system coordinates with provincial and territorial parties. Along with international partners.
Clean Air Dialog
Canada recognizes this as a national day of action to improve air quality. It has made protecting air quality as one of its highest priorities. While working to improve this basis across the country for years. One example is the phasing out of coal-fired power generation. This will help reduce air pollution and save the environment in the process.
The day will be marked by a clean-air dialogue, sponsored by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, World Resources Institute, and United Nations Environment Program. The event will begin with a keynote speech by Barbara Hendrie, UNEP’s regional director for North America.
CAD’s net-zero strategy
A major announcement made on the federal level in Vancouver on Canada’s net-zero strategy for Clean Air Day aims to create a low-carbon future by 2030. The plan calls for investments of $9 billion in clean energy, $500 million for electric vehicles, and millions more for clean farming practices. It also wants to help businesses and institutions move to a clean economy. This investment is a crucial step toward Canada’s net-zero goal.
The new fund will support private investment in clean technologies. Including advancements like wind and solar power. Which could allow Canadian companies to compete globally and create jobs. While also playing a key role in achieving climate targets.
Nova Scotia’s air quality regulations
Air pollution affects the health of Canadians across the country. Its most severe impacts are in the provinces with the largest population and highest emissions. In Nova Scotia, air quality regulations were put into place to protect public health. These regulations include a national average for exposure to above-ground air pollution, including PM2.5, NO2, and ozone.
Which could also apply to industrial noise. Nova Scotia is currently consulting on changes to its air quality regulations, which will focus on the standards for industrial emissions to ensure they do not adversely affect air quality. The consultation will take into account the latest science and the World Health Organization’s Global Air Quality Guidelines.
Panel discussion on the Way Forward for Clean Air in North America and Beyond
The CEC hosts virtual panel discussions on the way forward for clean air in North America and beyond on November 14. The event features high-level speakers and a panel discussion. Examining 30 years of progress in reducing air pollution in North America and look ahead to policy and action to improve air quality.
The panel explores the role of clean air in the future, and the relationship between clean air and a healthy economy.
Provided by Antonio Westley
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