Economic Impact

Canada’s economy is at risk because of the effects of climate change. The large effect climate change will have will be seen in multiple aspects of our economy, most notably in the forestry and insurance sectors.


Much of Canada's economy relies on our abundance of natural resources. This can be exemplified through British Columbia’s (BC) reliance on forestry. BC’s forestry sector contributed an estimated $12.9 billion of the provincial GDP and accounted for 34% of the provincial exports (1). This sector is already experiencing the impact of climate change through the higher frequency of disturbances (wildfires, drought, severe storms and disease/insect attacks) and alterations to the timing of seasonal budding timing (1, 2). With the occurrence of hotter and longer summers driven by climate change, these disturbances will only increase (2, 3). Along with these climate-induced changes, it is predicted that higher temperatures and lower humidity will lead to lower productivity within the sector (1, 2).


Along with changes in Canada's climate, changes in weather patterns will lead to larger and more frequent storms which, along with the warming of oceans and melting of the polar ice caps, will lead to an increased frequency of flooding along Canada's coast lines (4, 5). This will put financial pressure on, not only the Canadian families and businesses within expanding flood areas, but the federal budget and insurance agencies in order to reduce these types of disasters (4, 5, 6). This will lead to an increase in tax revenue needed to support these reactive measures and higher interest rates for Canadians (6).

Who We Are

Shake Up The Establishment is a youth-led, registered (#1190975-4) national non-partisan non-profit organization that operates within the geographical confines of what is currently known as "Canada", but what is referred to by its First Peoples, as Turtle Island. Indigenous peoples have inhabited Turtle Island for over 10,000 years, and were the sole inhabitants less than 500 years ago. We acknowledge that our address resides on Treaty 3 land, and is the traditional territory of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas Peoples. Turtle Island is still home to many Indigenous peoples and we at SUTE are thankful to be able to live, learn and work on this territory, whilst continuing to create meaningful change for the climate justice movement. We are aware that our actions as an organization and the work we put out have an impact on our land, and on all that inhabit it. We are humbled to be able to follow the lead of centuries long Indigenous-led efforts towards the protection and stewardship of this land and the people that inhabit it. We are committed to continually evaluating & decolonizing our practices, and we do our best to incorporate the lived experiences of the land defenders and protectors within our work. We also want to honour the voices of Black, and non-Black people of colour within our work, and continually recognize their resiliency in the face of years of systemic oppression as imposed by the Canadian state.

 

Our enterprise is inclusive of all folx who call the geographical confines of what is currently known as Canada, home, and we celebrate the horizontal learning that comes from our diverse identities. As an organization, we will try our utmost best to ensure that only individuals with lived experiences are speaking on behalf of their communities, while still recognizing that Black, Indigenous and communities of colour as well as the LGBTQ2S+ community, are not a monolith. We firmly believe in accountability, and commit to being as transparent as possible in our activism space; to research our topics well, support and centre community care, and minimize any harm, no matter the intent. We have strict policies and procedures to uphold these tenets, and update these on a yearly (or as-needed) basis.

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