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Taxing the rich: a missing piece of Canada’s climate action plan

4 juillet 2023 Par Katrina Miller

A photo of a mansion

This article originally ran in the National Observer.

Smoke from a record-start to Canada’s wildfire season has made the climate crisis more visible than ever. From BC and Alberta to Nova Scotia and Quebec, Canadians are literally struggling to breathe through the result of decades of inadequate climate action.

While the federal government is making significant green investments in areas such as clean electricity and infrastructure, it continues to overlook a critical piece of building a more sustainable future: tackling inequality by  making the biggest polluters pay.

The rich are the greatest individual contributors to climate change. Research by the Stockholm Environment Institute estimates the 1% -- with their mansions, yachts, and private jets—are responsible for more than double the emissions of the poorest half of humanity, a total 3.1 billion people combined.

Continue reading the article on the National Observer website.