February 9, 2019
GREENS PASS POLICY RESOLUTIONS TO SUPPORT ANIMAL RIGHTS, BAN CLEAR CUTTING, AND SUPPORT ECOTOURISM
CALGARY – Members of the Green Party of Alberta passed a wide range of policy resolutions designed to position the party as a champion of social justice and sustainability in advance of this year’s provincial general election.
Among the policy motions passed at the recent policy convention in Calgary were two key animal rights policies initiated by the party’s nominated candidate in Calgary – Glenmore, Allie Tulick. The first of the two resolutions endorsed by members now means the Green Party of Alberta will amend the Animal Protection Act to include wildlife. The second adopted motion sees the Greens calling for an outright ban on trophy hunting in Alberta.
Green Party members see ecotourism as an area of economic growth. Accordingly, they passed a motion supporting this industry in conjunction with guidelines set forth by the International Ecotourism Society.
Recognizing that Alberta has seen significant deforestation since its inception as a province and that trees have significant favourable environmental impacts such as a major carbon-sink and for air quality, members elected to ban the practice of clear-cutting.
Members were also keen to provide more oversight to fracking. More specifically, the Greens would require groundwater testing of all public and private water wells within an eight kilometer radius of each multi-stage, high pressure, hydraulic fracked well, including testing for all additives in the frack fluid used in that well. Results of such testing must be made publicly available and easily accessed by legal land description. Any contamination must be mitigated and remediated to the highest degree possible, and costs will be levied on the company responsible for the fracked well.
The Greens also passed resolutions that would prioritize the development of low emission ground-based public and mass transportation systems over air and private automotive transportation, ensure the minimum wage keeps pace with the cost of living, and that the Green Party will work with Alberta farmers and scientists to develop mandatory targets to address threats to soil health, including acidification, biodiversity loss, compaction, contamination, salinization/sodification, nutrient imbalance, sealing, organic carbon loss and erosion.
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