LASER TALK: Canada’s Current Climate Targets are Woefully Inadequate

On Friday, November 4, 2016, the Paris Accord went into effect.  The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said that pledges put forward to cut emissions would see temperatures rise by 3C above pre-industrial levels.They also are warning the door will close on the 1.5C warming limit in three years unless countries raise their ambition.

We will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy if we don’t take more concrete actions now.

Please don’t be complacent Canada. Our climate targets are woefully inadequate. Moreover, Canada’s pledges to reduce emissions have fallen behind the USA’s targets. Climate Action Tracker gave Canada the lowest ranking: Inadequate. Emissions targets in this area are less ambitious than the 2C global increase limit deemed safe by the world community. If all governments adopted an inadequate position, warming would likely exceed 3-4C.

Canada’s pledges must align with science and we must contribute our fair share to reduce emissions, otherwise we lose moral authority internationally.

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