Appendix 2: National Adaptation Strategy

Extreme heat, forest fires, and flooding continue to illustrate the grave risks of climate change and the importance of protecting Canadians and nature from its increasing impacts.

In the summer of 2021, the sixth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (August 2021) noted that many of the climactic changes underway are permanent and will be exacerbated into the future:

“Many changes in the climate system become larger in direct relation to increasing global warming. They include increases in the frequency and intensity of hot extremes, marine heatwaves, and heavy precipitation, agricultural and ecological droughts in some regions, and proportion of intense tropical cyclones, as well as reductions in Arctic sea ice, snow cover and permafrost.”

The Green Budget Coalition member organizations believe that Canada urgently requires the development and implementation of a detailed and comprehensive national climate change adaptation strategy to work alongside the significant work already underway to address climate change mitigation.

This GBC document includes many recommendations that merit being included as part of such a strategy for it to be effective, including on natural infrastructure, freshwater management, restoration, protected areas, a ten-year biodiversity strategy, environmental data and science, HealthADAPT, an office of environmental justice and equity, and environmentally-sustainable agriculture.

The Green Budget Coalition and its members are very interested to work with the government to develop a strong national adaptation strategy as a short-term elevated national public policy priority.

Contact

James Brennan – j_brennan@ducks.ca