While climate change advocates in the United States are taking a beating at the hand of the Trump Administration, Canada positions itself to take a more assertive role in the global climate control initiative by appointing an Ambassador for Climate Change with the task to protect the environment and generate the long-term economic development that will grow the Canadian middle class and support a sustainable, clean growth economy, according to a Canadian government press release.
The Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau appointed Jennifer MacIntyre as Canada’s new Ambassador for Climate Change. Ms. MacIntyre will work with international stakeholders to advance Canada’s clean growth and climate change priorities on the world stage, including the successful implementation of the Paris Agreement, according to a Press Release by the Canadian Prime Minister’s office.
Ms. MacIntyre will provide advice to Canada’s Minister of the Environment, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of International Development and the Minister of International Trade.
Canada’s long term objective is supposedly to take the global leadership role on clean growth and climate change, particularly at a time when Canada’s southern neighbor is moving away from its commitments towards climate change and the Paris Accord.
Ms. MacIntyre will be the first woman to serve as Canada’s Climate Change Ambassador. Canada has previously appointed four Climate Change Ambassadors, the most recent one in 2012.
In December 2016, Canada released the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enable sustainable economic growth.
In 2014, Canada’s clean and sustainable technology industry employed over 55,600 people in almost 800 technology companies in all regions of the country. Most of these companies are small and medium-sized enterprises. Total revenues from this industry reached nearly $12 billion.
According to the World Bank, the Paris Agreement will help open up nearly $23 trillion in new opportunities for climate-smart investments in emerging markets, between now and 2030.
Canada has committed $2.65 billion to international climate finance to support a wide range of programs and initiatives that will help developing countries mitigate and build resilience to the impacts of climate change, deploy clean energy technology, and manage natural resources sustainably.
Link to Press Release