4 things Your Liberal Government Did For The Environment This Week

Thanks to the hard work of Nova Scotians, our province is a national leader in the fight against climate change, but we know Nova Scotians want to do more to protect our environment.

That’s why your Liberal government made the environment a priority during the first week back in the legislature.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ve accomplished together this week:

  1. Introduced a ban on single-use plastic checkout bags

We know Nova Scotians want to prevent single-use plastics from getting into our oceans, landfills and waterways.  That’s why we’ve introduced legislation to ban the use of single-use plastic checkout bags by 2020.

  1. Called an emergency debate on climate change on the first day of the legislative sitting

We called an emergency debate on climate change because we know protecting our environment is important to Nova Scotians. This is a non-partisan issue that all sides of the legislature need to work together on. To watch the emergency debate, click here, and head to 2:10:05 in the video.

  1. Protected more of our province’s land

This week, we designated 17 new and expanded protected areas across Nova Scotia, totalling about 7,400 hectares, to help preserve ecological diversity, expand our green economy, and strengthen our province’s recreation and tourism sector. We know there is always more work to do, and we remain committed to our goal of protecting 13% of our land.

  1. Supporting the Tidal Energy Industry

Greening the electricity grid is a part of our climate change action, and tidal energy is a huge element of that. We’re making changes to the Marine Renewable-energy Act to ensure Nova Scotia remains at the leading edge of developing tidal technologies.

We know that there is always more work to do, but we remain committed to the fight against climate change.

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