Opportunity

Climate science warns that we only have until 2030 to cut global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in half if we want to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. The impacts are widespread and worsening: wildfires and flooding are disrupting communities; insect infestations and droughts are devastating prairie farmers; and warming oceans are destroying salmon runs and Canada’s North is facing the loss of up to 70% of current infrastructure due to melting permafrost. The Canadian Medical Association is calling climate change the public health priority of our time, and reports mounting public health costs associated with heat-related conditions, such as cardiorespiratory illness, infectious disease outbreaks and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Canada’s GHG emissions have been increasing since 2009. We are not on track to meet our obligations under the UNFCCC Paris Agreement to achieve a net zero carbon economy by mid-century. By implementing ambitious and innovative climate solutions across all economic sectors to rapidly reduce carbon pollution, we can build more livable communities, grow our economy and improve quality of life for all.