on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia
Clayquot Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Canadian province of British Columbia © Bryan Evans / The Nature Conservancy

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Canada Announces Nationwide Price on Carbon, Taking Action to Address Climate Change

Statement from Lynn Scarlett, Chief External Affairs Officer, The Nature Conservancy

This week, Canada sent a signal to other countries around the world.  By introducing a federal price on carbon which will take effect in 2019, Canada is taking action to address climate change.

“As the recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shows, climate change is already impacting our communities, our economy, and our environment, and those impacts will continue to grow and become worse if we don’t act now. We can’t afford to wait to have these conversations.

“Carbon taxes are just one potential solution to mitigating climate change, and as a member of the international Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, we support the enhanced dialogue around carbon pricing without endorsing specifics of any individual carbon tax or dividend proposal. We remain open to how best to design such policies and continue to believe there are a range of options for a price on carbon to reduce emissions. We are committed to working with a wide array of stakeholders to identify solutions that can garner support in countries and communities around the world.”

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