Unless governments take dramatic and immediate action to reduce emissions, we are headed toward climate chaos
In 2015, countries from around the world came together at the UN Climate Conference in Paris to chart a new course in the global climate effort. We celebrated the Paris Agreement, which was aimed at keeping global temperature rise below 1.5 C. We’ve seen progress:
- Cities, countries and companies made commitments to fully cut emissions, most by 2050.
- Two-thirds of new power generation capacity is now coming from solar and wind.
- Solar energy has become the cheapest form of electricity in history.
In Canada, we consume more energy per capita than any other country and have the fourth-worst performance in reducing emissions. Our federal and provincial governments still subsidize fossil fuel companies and still support expanding oil and gas infrastructure.
The federal government tabled climate accountability legislation and released a new climate plan that is our most ambitious yet. These are respectable steps forward. But the science is clear that for a livable planet we need to set deeper targets and build on this climate plan so we can meet them.
Leading up to the next conference in 2021, Canada must act with urgency and ambition. We now have a climate plan and accountability legislation, but neither is strong enough to meet our goals. We need:
- a bolder emissions reduction target to ensure we don’t surpass 1.5 C warming
- a more ambitious plan to meet those targets
- stronger legal accountability (Bill C-12) to ensure current and subsequent governments follow through on their commitments.
All levels of government must come to the table with strong climate plans to get us on the right track. Bold climate action is possible when we work together. Send your message now.