This is one of the 26 segments of Guy Dauncey’s Climate Emergency: A 26-Week Transition Program for Canada. Excerpted by permission.
To the frontline workers in the coal, oil, and gas industries: we understand your concerns. We need to bring the age of fossil fuels to a smooth but rapid ending, while protecting you and your families and communities.
- We will provide financial and other forms of support to affected workers through the Just Transition Act and the Transition Wages Guarantee, as announced in Week 2.
- To engage the citizens of north-astern British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan in the development of a prosperous post-carbon future, in partnership with their provincial governments ,we will fund nine regional Prairie Solutions Citizens Assemblies, each consisting of 20 people selected at random who will spend six residential or teleconference weekends learning about and considering new economic opportunities. Members of the Assemblies will be offered insights into successful regional and local community economic development strategies around the world, and be encouraged to propose solutions for the next 100 years of life on the Prairies, when the age of oil has ended. We will fund a tenth Citizen’s Assembly in Newfoundland to explore a similar future beyond oil. Cost: $1 million (#7)
- We will create a $5-billion Green Prairies Futures Fund to assist with the transition to a successful post-carbon economy. Cost: $500 million per year for ten years. (#8)