Climate change impacts everything on earth. It affects the economy, our ecosystem, and natural resources.
By Dami Igbinyemi
Today, Francesco Sorbara, Member of Parliament for Vaughan-Woodbridge, on behalf of the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced that the Government of Canada will be investing $3,326,206 in Project 2050: Community Climate Challenge.
Project 2050 is part of a Community Climate Change initiative that will help connect 300,000 kids aged six to twelve across Canada with the Earth Rangers program. The Earth Rangers are a conservation organization committed to instilling environmental knowledge, positivity and confidence in children to fight climate change. They work with schools and communities to provide a variety of free programs that are educational and engaging – but more importantly, they show children that it’s not too late to help the planet.
“Canada will only be able to meet its goal of net-zero emissions by 2050 if all Canadians are engaged in the effort. Today’s children will be the country’s political, business, cultural, and philanthropic leaders during the critical years of implementing plans to reach this milestone, so igniting their passion, creativity, and optimism is critical to ensuring they’re ready to meet the challenge. The funding Earth Rangers has received through the Environmental Damages Fund will allow us to build a community of 300,000 kids across Canada, working to meet ambitious goals related to reducing emissions. I can’t wait to see what they can accomplish together!”
– Tovah Barocas, President of Earth Rangers
When companies pollute our environment, we all pay the price. That is why the Government of Canada ensures polluters are held responsible for their harm to the environment. This funding is an example of that. The Climate Action and Awareness Fund was created from the $196.5 million fine paid by Volkswagen: the largest environmental fine in Canada’s history.
The Climate Action and Awareness Fund will invest a total of $206 million in projects to build youth awareness, engagement, and action. These projects will hopefully engage youth in forming a connection with their natural environment and encourage real action in fighting climate change.