Canada’s Climate Ambition

We are working to get Canada to act on climate change with the ambition and urgency this crisis demands. 

Why does Canada’s action on climate change matter?

Canada is taking more action on climate change than ever before, but it’s still not enough. Our national targets for reducing emissions are among the least ambitious of all developed countries, and they will not help us avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

What Canada does to reduce emissions matters on a global scale. Currently, we have the third-highest greenhouse gas emissions per capita in the world. We also have the third-largest known oil reserves and we’re the world’s fourth-largest oil exporter. We therefore have the ability to do a lot of damage but also the opportunity to make big, positive change. Canada has the economic, human and renewable resources to be a leader in a globally emerging cleaner economy.

Which climate path will Canada choose?

Our current climate plan will not achieve a climate-safe future, but it’s not too late to change that. We can join countries around the world that are setting ambitious targets and implementing plans to curb emissions.

But we need to act now. The actions we take this decade will determine the future of the planet and all its inhabitants.

What are the key upcoming milestones?

Target

We need to set an emissions reduction target of at least 60 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030 to be equitable and in line with climate science. 

Climate plan

To meet that target, we need an ambitious and achievable climate plan that is based on justice for workers, Indigenous Peoples and communities. 

Accountability

To ensure current and future governments meet our targets, we need to strengthen and pass Bill C-12, the Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act.

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Urgent, bold, ambitious climate action now!

Call on the government to act now with urgent climate ambition. This is our make-it-or-break-it decade. We have no time to waste. 

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Just how ambitious should Canada’s climate target be?

Canada’s current climate target and plan are setting us on a dangerous path to accelerated warming and intensified extreme weather. They could lead us past the point of no return from climate chaos in this decade.

In line with the Paris Agreement, equity considerations and international climate science, we are advocating for Canada to do its fair share and commit to reduce emissions by 60 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. This is what’s required for us to live in a climate-safe world.

The international community won’t review targets again for another five years, so it’s important to get on track now.

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How ambitious do you want Canada to be in fighting climate change?

A letter to the editor can foster conversations about climate change. It is a simple and effective way to raise this important issue in your community.

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What is COP26 and why is it so important?

Every year, countries come together to discuss, analyze and negotiate how to tackle climate change at the UN Conference of the Parties. COP26 is the 26th of these UN climate conferences and is scheduled for November 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Climate change is a global challenge that no person, town or country can tackle alone. UN climate conferences are the only truly worldwide effort to co-operate on climate action.

COP26, and the processes leading up to it, will attempt to get countries to commit to increased targets and action to get on track to limit global warming to 1.5 C to avoid the worst effects of climate change. For COP26, countries will report on progress made since the Paris Agreement was adopted in 2015. So far, the combined commitments of countries worldwide are missing the mark and would not prevent catastrophic levels of climate change. COP26 is our opportunity to get on track.

If we make bold changes now, we can still avoid the worst of climate change.

This is our make it or break it decade, we have no time to waste

Every bit of warming matters. Every year matters. Every choice matters.

Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair