We need to feed Manitobans without fossil fuels
Finding alternative ways to feed everybody without fossil fuels is critical in reducing emissions in our province.
Your choices to eat local, grown our own food and prioritize organic are important steps. But unfortunately they’re not enough. We need help from policy makers to help make eating without fossil fuels a more realistic option for all Manitobans.
What would feeding Manitobans without fossil fuels look like?
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Preserve and Can
Eating local throughout the winter can be more challenging in Manitoba. One great way to keep enjoying local fruits and vegetables is by canning and preserving your harvest (or the harvest you purchased from local farmers).
Reduce Food Waste
Over 50% of food in Canada goes to waste. In Manitoba, much of this food waste ends up in the landfill where it produces methane as it breaks down (a greenhouse gas 84x more powerful than C02).
Supporting local farms using sustainable growing practices is critical towards reducing (and ultamately eliminating) emissions. Direct Farm Manitoba has an excellent map with a list of local farms and farmers’ markets.
Manitoba’s Road to Resilience
Given the current global political reality, there is serious doubt that the world will take the dramatic action required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and remove carbon from the atmosphere at the scale and timeframe required by the IPCC 1.5°C Report.
Many Manitobans recognize the primary consequences of climate change (severe weather, floods, droughts, fires). Those same Manitobans see that those consequences have costs that are rising. What many people may not realize is that our ability to function and survive as a society is at risk.
Other disturbances (food shortages, climate migration, global conflicts) are exacerbated by climate change. The consequences of these disturbances may first be felt elsewhere, but we will feel them here due to their impacts on the global economy, supply chain, and availability and cost of obtaining financial credit. As long as we are dependent upon imported food and global supply chains for energy and essential goods, we are at risk. We are best off if we can provide for our essential needs ourselves.
Most governments are mainly concerned with being re-elected. Under the pretext of being “practical”, they have chosen not to publicly discuss the urgency and scale of work required to adequately address the climate crisis. It is up to civil society (the community) to think at this level and to show the way (or at least a way). We can “think the unthinkable.”
The objective of this document is to provide a decarbonization in Manitoba – zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
As we build that pathway we will be building our local resilience. Resilience means providing for our essential needs ourselves without fossil fuel.
To achieve true and adequate resilience, these are Manitoba’s essential objectives:
Feed ourselves locally without fossil fuel fertilizers or diesel for machinery
Heat all of our buildings (old and new) affordably without natural gas
Move all goods and people without gasoline or diesel
Our hydroelectric resource will be a big part of building that resilience:
Develop and use our electricity resource effectively, efficiently, equitably and affordably to meet those other three objectives
Road to Resilience Chapters
energy & electricity
economy & green jobs
food & ag
natural spaces / wilderness