We produce emissions from greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and others) — a major contributor to the global climate emergency — when we burn fossil fuels (oil, gas or coal). To meet climate targets, we need to drastically cut our emissions.
Individual lifestyle changes alone won’t solve the crisis — we need bold political action at all levels of government. But the changes we make to cut emissions in our lives makes a difference, and our actions can influence friends, family, co-workers and community members. It all adds up.
Here are the top four sources of emissions for the average person in Canada and some tips for cutting them:
Remember: these individual lifestyle changes are just a few of the ways you can help avert the worst effects of climate change. Having conversations about the crisis with people in your life, working on solutions together in community, supporting Indigenous-led action, urging government to take bold action, and getting politically active and voting are also important.