We produce greenhouse gas emissions like methane, nitrous oxide and ozone when we burn fossil fuels like oil, natural gas or coal. These emissions are a major contributor to global climate change. To meet our climate change targets, we need to drastically cut our emissions.
Individual lifestyle changes alone won’t get us to our climate goals. For that, we’ll need bold political action at all levels of government. But the changes we make to cut emissions in our own lives do make a difference, and our actions can influence those of our friends, family and community members. It all adds up.
Here are the top four sources of emissions for the average Canadian, plus some tips for cutting them: