"Who Will Build a Modern Economy?"
VANCOUVER, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - Just in time for the election debates, PowerUP
Canada is releasing a Climate Bingo Card (with handy cut-out heads of all five
leaders) so that Canadians can distinguish good policies from good PR. With
the economy dominating headlines, Canadians are being encouraged to ask 'who
will build a modern economy?" Bingo players are encouraged to share their
results and receive a free PowerUP Canada t-shirt.
"Canadians are outraged when they learn that our proposed vehicle
standards are weaker than China's. We need a modern economy driven by a
massive ramp up in clean energy. Countries around the world have shown a
prosperous way forward and Canada cannot afford to fall further behind," said
Tzeporah Berman, Executive Director of PowerUP Canada.
Leaders are being scored on whether they are committing to stronger laws
that spur innovation and fight global warming. Bingo scores are based on
making new investments in clean energy, building retrofits and carbon capture;
matching leading vehicle and building standards; and leaders' willingness to
put a serious price on pollution and drop the artificial debate between green
taxes and cap and trade systems.
Last week PowerUP Canada sent a letter sent to all five party leaders
asking them to respond to six critical climate questions that will enable
Canadians to see how each party's proposals measure up to what is really
needed to fight global warming. PowerUP Canada will be releasing their
responses next week.
PowerUP Canada recently released a statement urging stronger action to
address global warming in Canada that was signed by former Prime Ministers
Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, Joe Clark, Kim Campbell and John Turner, as well
as Stephen Bronfman, the Hon. David Peterson, Avrim Lazar (CEO, Forest
Products Association of Canada), Prof. David Keith (University of Calgary),
Ken Neumann (National Director for Canada, United Steelworkers), Kashmir
Dhaliwal (President of North America's largest Sikh temple), Dr. Marlo
Raynolds (Pembina Institute) and many others.
PowerUP Canada is a new national citizens' initiative that has a positive
new vision for Canada, and provides Canadians non-partisan information about
global warming and a common campaign to amplify citizens' voices, clarify
federal parties' and candidates' climate positions, host public events and
build an online networking community.
To download a copy of the climate bingo card go to www.powerupcanada.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Tzeporah Berman, (604) 313-4713