SARM Reacts to Saskatchewan’s Climate Change Strategy

For Immediate Release SARM Reacts to Saskatchewan’s Climate Change StrategyThe Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities (SARM) is pleased that our province has come up with a “made in Saskatchewan Plan” to address the critical issue of climate change.  “Who, better than those who live in this province, understand the complexities of our resource sectors, including agriculture, can create a climate change plan for Saskatchewan?” said SARM President Ray Orb. “As leaders and residents in our municipalities, we best understand the issues that our communities face each day.” SARM believes in the science of carbon sequestration and supports the work of the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association Carbon Advisory Committee. We live in a resource-rich province that would be unfairly disadvantaged under a federal tax on carbon.  According to the Saskatchewan Soil Conservation Association, Saskatchewan agriculture producers who are using minimum or zero till farming practices are sequestering 9.64 million new tonnes of CO2 every year on nearly 28 million acres of farmland. SARM also recognizes the contributions of ranchers to the carbon sequestration process on native grassland. Saskatchewan’s vast forests also play an added role as they will continue to contribute as carbon sinks improving re-forestation practices. “We all have a role in working to meet the province’s mandate to achieve 50 per cent renewable power by 2030,” recognized President Orb. “We believe the province’s strategy will contribute more to the actual reduction of greenhouse gases than the federal government’s proposed tax on carbon.” – 30 -For more information please contact:Jay MeyerExecutive Director(306) 761-3721 “SARM, the Voice of Rural Saskatchewan”