Ontario Green party leader on how we can transition to a green economy – it all begins with the work we do
Luckily, we don’t have to choose between a healthy environment and economic prosperity, writes Guelph MPP Mike Schreiner
Mike SchreinerGuelph Mercury
Monday, February 13, 2023
Ontario is at a crossroads. We must reach net-zero emissions by 2045 if we hope to avoid the worst impacts of the climate crisis. Decisions we make today will chart the course of the world we’re leaving behind for generations to come.
Luckily, we don’t have to choose between a healthy environment and economic prosperity. We can build a province in which a strong, sustainable economy is supported by local businesses leading the transition to net-zero emissions.
We have an opportunity to transition to a clean-energy future where people can have a good job, an affordable home and an income that meets their needs. And it all begins with the work we do.
We can create hundreds of thousands of new jobs in Ontario by retrofitting 40 per cent of existing homes and workplaces to net zero by 2030, and 100 per cent by 2040, helping people save money by saving energy.
In the next four years, we can provide 60,000 young people the skills, experience and opportunities to do energy retrofits by providing one year of free tuition for new, green careers at Ontario colleges and guaranteeing one year of paid, on-the-job apprenticeships.
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