I worked at the Ecology Action Centre for 5 years. During that time, I often felt my lunches were inadequate because I wasn’t always eating local. I have always wanted to do more to leave the world better than I found it.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) tells us we have no more than ten years to get control of climate. In 2019, HRM declared a climate emergency, but is still only working towards a 2050 deadline. Basic local government powers can be used to address GHGs.
New buildings should reach the highest standards of energy efficiency. The technical report of HaliFACT 2050 does not recommend that new buildings be net zero until 2030. Powley would not approve any new buildings unless they were net zero. The buildings will be with us for a half century – why shouldn’t we demand more?
There should be retrofit programs for existing buildings—homes, as well as commercial. The greenest building is one that is already built! The GHGs of all building materials must be accounted for, as concrete, steel, and glass require tremendous amounts of energy inputs—the GHG cost of construction is reason enough to renovate or in-fill ahead of build. Ongoing operational GHGs must also be considered.
Powley recommends that a new requirement is made to all staff reports. Halifax should figure out what the allowable amount of carbon emissions are per year, both for capital and ongoing costs. Halifax should then report on the projected emissions of each proposed project. Then Council can make an informed choice on whether to go ahead with the project knowing that it takes up a certain percentage of the carbon budget.
Let’s ensure solar panels have continued access to light.
We need defensive measures to counter threats to our coastline from sea-level rise; HRM is vulnerable from the downtown, to the Port, to Bedford Basin, to outlying areas.
No new roads should be built. This would free up money for other needed projects. Repair existing roads. Buses and emergency vehicles make use of them. We need a good, free, and integrated public transit system to induce people to leave their vehicles. Halifax will need to invest more into electric buses. There are currently infrastructure programs through the federal government that may help pay for this.
HRM needs a Better Council.
Vote for a Better Council.
Vote for Jen.
Jen Powley is a candidate for councillor in District 7.
Jen has lived with multiple sclerosis throughout her adult life. She knows what it’s like to face challenges and make good things happen. She listens, she thinks, and she acts.
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On October 17th, vote Jen Powley for council.