Green Resilience Project Pinpoints Basic Income as ‘Key to the Climate Plan Canada Needs’

The Energy Mix

A series of grassroot conversations in communities across Canada is building a picture of how a universal basic income can lay the groundwork for faster, deeper carbon cuts, by boosting local resilience and helping to ease uncertainties around the shift to a low-carbon economy.

“We know that it’s almost impossible to think about reducing emissions when you’re struggling just to make ends meet,” write The Energy Mix Publisher Mitchell Beer and Sheila Regehr, co-chair of the Basic Income Canada Network (BICN), in a recent op ed for The Hill Times. “But so far, there has been little coordinated effort to connect climate policy to the need for liveable incomes that ensure everyone has the basic capacity to navigate social, economic, and environmental transition.”

So Energy Mix Productions, BICN, and a group of national and local partners launched the Green Resilience Project to get those conversations started, with the support of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund. 

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