Transform your climate concern into climate action!

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Though the world is dangerously close to a tipping point that would lead to climate chaos, changing course is still within our power. The severity of climate change impacts will be determined by the choices we make now. (Photo: Miguel Bruna via Unsplash)

The world’s leading authority on climate change, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, has told the world the climate is dangerously close to a tipping point that would lead to climate chaos and that human activities – primarily burning fossil fuels and deforestation – are to blame.

With deadly and record-breaking forest fires, heat waves, floods and droughts occurring around the world and here at home, too many of us are experiencing the devastating effects of increasingly extreme weather. This report’s “code red for humanity” is reaching an already weary audience.

Fortunately, the IPCC report also shows that changing course is still within our power. The severity of climate change impacts is not a matter of chance. They will be determined by the choices we make now – all of us, every community, every country, every sector.

Leading up to the next major UN climate conference (COP26 in Glasgow in November), world leaders are facing intense pressure to increase their climate action ambition. Canada’s current commitment is to reduce carbon emissions by 40 to 45 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. While this is an improvement, Canada’s targets are still critically insufficient and among the least ambitious compared to other developed countries. We need stronger targets, backed by stringent laws and regulations that quickly eliminate fossil fuel use and shift us to safer and cleaner energy sources.

Being ambitious on climate also means prioritizing solutions that are inclusive and justice-focused. Canada has committed to implementing the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and this climate crisis will test what that commitment really means. We must ensure that our transition to a low-carbon economy creates good jobs, reduces social inequities and is based on justice for workers, Indigenous Peoples and communities.

URGE CANADA TO BE BOLDER ON CLIMATE!

 

Action is the antidote to despair.

Joan Baez

Seven ways to channel climate anxiety into action

How should we as individuals respond to a climate “code red”? Here are seven suggestions for you to consider.

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1. Acknowledge the severity of the crisis

Allowing yourself to feel, grieve and contemplate everything we’re going through is important.

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2. Remember our actions matter

Taking action to reduce our carbon footprint at home and collectively can really make a difference, feel empowering and inspire others to do the same.

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3. Talk to friends and family, find support and be supportive

Have (sometimes difficult) climate conversations. Talk about your vision for a just and sustainable future. You are not alone. Support one another. Find and cultivate a support network.

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4. Find hope and inspiration

It abounds if you look for it. There are so many inspiring stories of people who are leading the transition to renewable energy in their communities — and many reasons to be hopeful. Hope is a key ingredient these days.

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5. Join others doing good in your community

Throughout the country, people are coming together to put down roots, transform their neighbourhoods, defend nature and accelerate the climate movement. It starts at the community level, but the impacts can be global. The Future Ground Network is a hub for community groups taking local action to secure healthier, more viable futures. Start a group or find one near you!

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6. Demand bold and ambitious climate action

We need to get Canada to act on climate change with the ambition and urgency this crisis demands. Action is an important antidote to despair. Sign this petition — you’ll see.

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7. Prepare for a paradigm shift

Extreme capitalism, colonialism and a lack of respect for nature got us into this mess. We’re going to need insights and solutions from Indigenous Peoples, diverse human creativity and a refocus on equity and well-being to get us out of it.

There is so much work ahead, and as always, we must take it on together. Already, your demonstration of concern and care is an important step in that direction.

Join us in calling for climate justice for all